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Wednes'Jay, January 1st , 19A1 Cont'd 

7fe put dorm twelve things to remember In the New Year, by 

Marshall Field: 1. The value of time. 

2. The Success of perserverance. 

3. The plaeasure of working. 
i4. The dignity of simplicity. 
5. The vrarth of character. 

7. The influence of example. 

8. The obligation of duty. 

9. The wisdom of economy. 

10. The virtue of patience. 

11. The improvement of talent. 
12. The Joy of originating. 

Thursday, January Zrd, 194-1 Pleasant 

On opening a box of candy from our Christmas presents at 
the bar, we found a most interesting pamphlet. It is entitled - 
'A History of Our Flag' - a Patriotic and Educational Pamphlet, issued 
by Fanny Farmer Candy Shops. It is ingeniusly folded , giving , in color 
the five flags from the first, the Cambridge Flag, raised by George 
Washington at Cambridge, Massachusetts , January 2, 1776 - thirteen 
alternate red and white stripes with the combined Cross of St. Andrew 
and St. George in the canton, to the Flag with the thirteen stripes and 
a star added for every new state - completed July 4-> 1912 with the 
admission of the State of Arizona. The others are the one flown by 
General Stark near Bennington, Vt., August, 1777 - the first Stars and 
Stripes; the Flag of fifteen stars and stripes, approved by General 
Washington, January 17th, 1794- - a star and stripe for each State; 
and the flag of thirteen alternate, horizontal red andwhite stripes and 
twenty white stars in a blue field, in accordance with the Act passed 
April, 1313, changing the Flag. 

Friday, January 3rd, 194-1 Cloudy 

Tfe have had many lijstle English visitors - " Here for the 
Duration" » Yesterday, Bridget Wilson of Oxford, England and today 
Alasdair Ramsay Kicholl, Lympstone, Exmouth, Devonshire, England - 
a lad of about thirteen. He liv-^-s with a family in Belmont, Mass., 
and attends school at Exeter Academy, Exeter, N. H. During his tour 
of the Inn he expressed his surprise at finding an old inn of this type 
in America, as he had thought - "This sort of thing was reserved for 
England". He told us he has been in America four months. 
Tears came to his eyes v.'hen he rem.arked on the piano in the parlor and 
said that - "Mother had one just like it in the drav;ing room at home". 
He also told us that their cottage in the village of Lympstone 
is built of ' cobb ' - a mixture of clay and straw, and is four 
hijindred years old. He loved the Inn and assurred us that he would be 
a frequent visitor here during his stay in America. 

Satiorday, January 4-th, 194-1 Heavj^ Snow 

A fine letter from Camp Hiilen, Texas reached the bar 
today. It is written by Tony Angelico, but comes also; from 
Joe MacDonald, Phil Noyes, George and Robert Johnson, and Ralph 
Dela Grieco, our Wayside Inn Boys School graduates, who have 
enlisted in the Army. The letter is a thank you for the Christmas box, 
seny by the Wayside Innn family to the boys. Tony writes - "A friend 
in need is a friend indeed, and we vrere in need this first Christmas 
away from home". Tony, who is a cook, informs us that their 
kitchen is the best in the 211th. 

Virs, L. D. Glover of Wayland, Mass., and her daughter, 
Mrs. Robert Ames, were here for tea. IWrs. Glover, an elderly v:oman 
told of bicycling here from Dorchester, Mass., as a girl. 
She inquired why we did not replace the turkey red curtains in the 
bar room- "They were so becoming to everyone". In meeting 
J/Irs, Robert Ames, s fine appearing, pleasant woman, one would scarcely 
guess the tragedy in her life. Some years ago her husband v.'as 
washed overboard from his yacht in a stormy sea, and her two sons gave 
their lives in attempting to save their father. One vfould knov^, however, 
that she could be the mother of such sons. 

The Inn and surroundings are beautiful today in their 
mantles of snow. 

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Sunday, January 5, 19'U- Pleasant 

The writer of the Diary is turning her thoughts 
today towards the Wayside Inn after a two weeks vacation 
spent in Nev: Jersey. She is gliding swiftly over wide, 
smooth roads. Quite different from a traveller coming to 
the Inn two hundred years ago. The journey then from Hev. 
Jersey would have been of three days duration, the roads 
narrow, ydnding and dusty and the traveller fatigued and 

Monday, January 6, 194-1 Pleasant 

The teacher of violin at Milton Academy, ex- 
clusive preparatory school near Boston came to the Inn to- 
day. He is Mr, J. Siskovsky, This is his firrt year at 
Milton, For the pa?t tvrenty years, Mr. Siskovsky has been 
a member of the New York String Quartette. He studied, 
as did Heifitz, under Auer at the Academy in Warwaw. One 
of mr. Siskovsky' s young pupils told him of seeing Ole 
Bull's violin at the Inn. Mr. Siskovsky naturally wanted 
to see it, too. He examined both violins in the double 
case. The one is marked Maggini, the other, Mr. Siskovsky 
guessed, is a Seraphino. ¥x, Siskovsky is the owner of a 
rare Guarnerius violin. 

This cold winters' day did not prevent a Nebraska 
school teacher from coming to the Inn. She came v?ith friends 
v;ho are studying .it the Boston University Theological School. 

Tuesday, January 7, 194-1 Pleasant 

This morning we discovered our overnight guests of 
last night to be Tir, and Mrs. Harry Mils from. Dearborn. 
Itrs, Mills is director of physical education in the Greenfield 
Village Schools. Her home is in Lincoln, Massachusetts. 

Mrs. Abbe was very hard of hearing, yet very interested 
in knowing all about the Inn. Mr. Abbe works rt the Moore Drop 
Forge Co. in Springfield, Mass. and recalled the iron kettles 
made by that company for our Thanksgiving favors in 193 . This 
nice middle aged couple stopped here for dinner this evening. 

Wednesday, January' 8, 1941 Pleasant 

History repeats itself. Britain's Paul Revere is 
pictured today in a local newspaper as a dear little boy on a 

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black and v.'hite pony. He is blowing a trumpet near the 
window of a large house. This modern Revere is ^varning villagers 
tha" enemy planes are in the vicinity. Paul Revere of 
Anerican Revolutionary fame warned Middlesex villagers that 
Britain's soldiers T^ere inthe vicinity. 

Thursday, January 9, 1941 Pleasojit 

It gave us gre-^t pleasure vhen a young man strolled 
into the Bar-rooa today and annoimced that he was a student at 
the University of California and could he please be shown the 
Wayside Inn. We liked his looks, clean cut, modest, interested. 
He was a good listener. A lively discussion follovred his tour 
through the rooms and v;e found ovr nuest to be a rather deep 
thinker. He brought out the point that there were no very rich 
nor very poor people during the early ye-rs in Nev: England. 
Whereas in the South, a man was either a wealthy plantation 
ovmer or a very under-privileged poor white or slave. On further 
thought v;e feel that the Inn t^^pifies exactly that Nev; England 
medium. It represents living conditions in a middle clas s era. 

Another guest to interest us today was little Edith 
Gross, 4 years old. She came with Mother for tea and told us about 
a vi?it here '"ith Grandfather one day last Summer. Grandfather 
split his pants vrhen he climbed the fence to show her the Devon 
cattle. Edith laughed about this incident. Then she laughed again 
rhen she told about her new skates and how they fell apart, 
half off, half on v/hen she was skating. She w- s a good natured 
little child and healthy. Her father is on the staff of the Child- 
ren's Hospital, Boston. 

Friday, Januejry 10, 194-1 Pleasant 

Everyone v:as intere ted today in Master Warren Mills, 
14 years old from New York. He is a child actor, delic:;te features, 
fragile, almost girlish in appearance. He is playing in Boston 
vdth Gertrude Lawrence in "Lady in the Dark". Other plays have been 
"Jubilee" ^Alth Marj^ Boland. "The Show is on" with Beatrice Lilly 
and "I'd rather be right" with George M. Cohan.' Warrne came with 
his mother v/ho is apparently sacrificing all for her son. They stayed 
for luncheon and attended the dancing classes. Someone reported that 
Warren visited the barns and was genuinely thrXilled to see the 
animals- a real he-boy -underneath the coating and coaching of a stage 


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Tv;elve people, young and old, enjoyed a dinner cooked 
and served in the Old Kitchen this evening. The occasion was a future 
wedding. The party consisted of bride and groom- to-be, parents and 
friends. Some of the friends came from Minneapolis, Jjlinnesota. 

Saturday, January 11, 194J- Pleasant 

Last Thursday was celebrated as Distaff Day. It is the 
la-^t day of the Christmas season because it falls on the day after 
T^jvelfth Day or the Epiphany. It vras the day on vdaich the women 
again took up their distaffs and resumed their other ordinary em- 
ployments after th3 relaxation of the holidays. The distaff was 
used in the earliest method of spinning, but fell into disuse in 
the 15th century .vhen the Spinning wheel was introduced. A dis- 
taff is, however, r necessary attachment to spinning wheels 
designed for flax. 

Last Saturday, a week ago today, was the anniversary of 
the birth in 1333 of Charles S. Stratton, that interacting little 
man, better knovm to the world as General Tom Thumb. 


Sunday, January 12, 19^.1 Pleas? nt 

Dr. La Pointe said: "I'm discovered". He thought he 
could come back home after thirty years i<Jid not be knovm to 
the natives. Instead, our Mr. Estsbrook, night watchman recog- 
nized Dr. La Pointe as the boy ^^■ho played on the baseball team 
of the Hudson High School many years rgo. Hudson is about 15 
n-iiles from the Inn. Dr. LaPointe is now a successful ear, nose 
and throat specialist in Nev/ York. He spent the week-end he:>"e, 
making the Inn his headquarters v;hile visiting friends ::jid rel- 
atives and old haunts around Hudson. 

Monday, January 13, 1941 Pleasant 

The sinking of the Titanic was a major disaster v/ will 
be remembered for all tirr.e. As the ship was going down, passengers 
and crew sang, "Nearer I'.ly God to Thee". This made a great impression 
on a child of twelve the year the trag:edy occured. Today that same 
child, now a grown-up v/oman-— attended Chapel service at the Yfayside 
Innj the hymn "Nearer My God to ThJ^ee". She thought of the Titanic- 
slov.'ly sinking, men and women struggling in v/ater - Then a boy from 
the Way^-ide Inn school read - slowly and distinctly Longfellow's 
great poem "The T7reck of the Hesperus". It was a rather strange coin- 
cidence, the Titanic, the Hesperus, the hymn, a kind of memorial 
service to those lost at sea. 

"Such was the wreck of the Hesptaus 
In the midnight and the snow 
Christ save us all from a death 

like this 
On the reef of Norman's Woe I" 

Tuesday, J-^nuary 14., I94I Cold 

About 7 o'clock this evening a very, very cold evening, 
the front door opened "itith a bang. There was a sciorrying of feet 
and bags dropping to the floor. A gentleman had arrived, 3 suit cases, 
a brief case, books etc. He was %. Paul Kreeder from Springfield, 
Illinois. In spite of all the baggage Mr. Kreeder 7/as not sure he 
was going to stay overnight. First of all, before anything else, he 
wanted to know about the Mill. He was iriterested in Grist Mills- owns 
a couple of Mill stones- thought he might build an old fashioned mill 
and planned to see the Wayside Inn Grist Mill as soon as the sun was 
up. Dinner and a look at our guest rooms and the decision to stay over- 
night came later. Oior only ^uest thi!=- zero night. 


T/ednesday, Janu&jry 15, 19A1 Pleasant 

T'/'e have really just begun to settle doVvT. c'fter the 
Christmas holidays. We've been going over our Christmas cards. 
Here is one from Kaufy, conductor of the Tauck Tours, another from 
Pete Spencer of Old Tpwn, Mj.ine, backwoodsman who visited the 
Inn la'^t i\pril - and so on through a small pile addressed to the 
Inn hostesses. Christmas books are nov/ being read. The most popi.iular 
is Kenneth Roberts' new book Oliver Wiswell. This is a historical 
novel dealing -vith the Revolutionary.' War from the view point of a 
Eoyali- + . ■Roberts mentions the Galloway ^i -^^ '•''■- 'c':: he describe? -''--: 

"a wise and noble minded measure for a practicable 
and permanent union betvrc^n the American colonies 
and England, introduced in the • Contenental Congress 
by Joseph Galloway, a distinguished Pliiladelphian, 
speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly. He had 
called it The Plan of Proposed Union between Great 
Britain and the Colonies and it had been stongly 
su_;,ported in Congress hy some of the wisest states- 
men in that body, anong them John Jay, J?.mes 
Duane and Ed7«'ard Rutledge." 

(It was defeated by only one vote) 

Joseph Galloway means some"*:hing to us. In the Bar-room of the Inn 
•ve have a check dated Mount Vernon, February 1^., 1799. It is addressed 
to the Cashier of the Office of Discount z-.v.d Deposit, Baltimore. 

"Yfill pler.s-5 pay Jc^eph Galloway, Esq. or bearer 
the sum of three ^hundred and forty-five dollars 
and charge the same to my account". 

(Signed) G. Washington 

This is undoubtedly the same Joseph Galloway, author of the 
above Galloway Plan. 

Thursday, J3nus.ry 16, 19>^1 Pleasant 

The McLean Hospital and the Wayside Inn have something in 
common. This is an interest in Mar^j- Sav.yer. Mary married Columbus 
Tyler, Superintendent of McLean. She lived at the hospital and 
incidentally planted a now famous orange tree owned "by the institutior. 
Recently v/e learned th^T.'.cLean has a fine little library. We made 
inqiiiries and discovered that the library did not have a copy of our 
popxilar book: "The Stroy of ^arys Little L-mb". So we sent one via 
a guest, I'lr. Bixby. Today we received a very nice letter of thanks from 
W. Franklin Wood, M. D. Director of the hospital, ^e enclosed an ex- 
cerpt from their records regarding I1rs.» Tyler. It says: 

"Her skill in hoiisewifery told of the 
older days snd her gentle touch v.'ith 
the sick or the disordered mind made 
her truly an angel in the house." 


Friday January 17, 19^ Stormy 

Guests from the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston rho comj 
to the Inn wher, they are in this vicin'.ty, are Jilr. -nd Mrs. Kuehn 
(pronoimced Keene). They are large, a little beyond niddle-age, 
and have interests in several sections of the coointry. Their home 
is in Oak Park, Illinois. They ovm a ranch in Vfyoming and come to 
Boston two or three times a yerr. Today they told us about ex- 
tensive land holdings in Georgia, similajr to I^Ir. Ford's estate at 
V/ays. H'ir. Keuhn's property lies south of Savanah. llr. Keiohn has 
visited Ways and is very much interested in what is being done therej 
particularly in the way of schools. We gave him a copy of the school 

Saturday, J?nucury 18, 1941- Partly cloudy 

There was no fuss, even though it was a briday party 1 The couple 
Dr. and I»lrs. 0. S. Gaudette were married in Marlboro this morning, then 
came v;ith their sister, the best man, the bridesmaid and the Priest who 
married them, to a lioncheon at the Inn. A large bouquert of flowers was 
placed in the center of the table. Other than that there v/ere no 
decorations. But the party was nice in its simplicity and all seemed to 
enjoy having it at the Inn very much. 

Mr. Arthur Hov.'e of South Sudbury who sends his son David to 
our Southwest School, gave a luncheon here tlds noon for four business 


Sunday, January 19, 1941 Partly cloudy 

Most of the morning was spent in entertaining a 
young couple from the nearby town of Maynard. They were 
the typical small-town boy and girl, now entering their 
twenties. We sunised a romance. The yoxmg lady was 
sensible, dressed modestly. The young man slightly bashful. 
Both showed interest in the old kitchen. But the Parlor 
with its Longfellow association was a more remote subject » 
They were qixiet and attnetive and by that very quietness we 
sensed a deep respect and reverence for what they saw and 
hesjrd. When old fashioned dancing was mentioned they be- 
came enthused and asked if they coxild come some Friday even- 
-ing to "look on". 

Monday, Januaiy 20, 19iU Cold 

A cold day and very few guests through the morning 
and afternoon. At 5:30 several dinner guests dropped in from 
the icy main road. At 6 o'clock a group of twelve Sudbury 
teachers came for a pre-arranged dinner. More transient 
guests. A hmrying to the Pantry with orders. Instructions 
sent to the kitchen. Guests asking questions. A lively house- 
hold. Dinners served. Bills paid. A piolling on of overshoes, 
The guests are gone. 7:30 by the "somla:e" clock. 

Tuesday, Jsnuary 21, 19^+1 Pleasant 

We e^qpected a long name with a q and an x in it. 
Instead the name of our distinguished looking guest is Paul 
Frank. He is an Austrian. A young, fine face, prematurely 
gray hair and sad eyes. Mr. Frank is a musician. He comes 
from the great music city of Vienna and is now in the neigh- 
boring small town of Holliston where he plays the organ and 
directs the choir in a local church.. He is, of course, a 
refiigee. The minister of the church brought Mr. Frank to the 
Inn this cold Winter day. He was solemn as he went through 
the house, spoke little, but listened intently. The minister 
explained that Mr. Frank is trying to obtain private voice 
pupils and wants to conduct classes in foreign languages. 
"We are fortunate indeed, to have the services of Mr. Frank 
in our church and v/e hope to keep him a long time", he said. 
They stayed a long time and Mr. Frank said he would come to 
the Inn again. 


Tuesday, January 21 - continued 

Activities on the outside of the Inn are often neglected 
as we become absorbed in those inside * We learned today that 
workmen have started cutting ice on Josephine Pond. It is about 
12" thick. And no^r we retiirn to the inside for another first day-er. 
This is the fact that a few first calendulas were brought from the 
green house today, providing a cheery note to the dining tables. 

Wednesday, January 22, 19^+1 Pleasant 

It is wanner and the travelling good. A little group of 
8 girls came all the way from the Howard Seminary at Bridgeport, 
Connecticut to see Lexington and Concord. Historic houses there are 
closed. So some kind person steered the sight-seers to the Wayside 
Inn. Here they foimd a friendly welcome, a warm hearth on vrhich to 
toast their toes and a fund of interesting information. Just what 
they were looking fori Needless to say they were very appreciative. 

Thursday, Jejiuary 23, 19-U Pleasant 

The hostess asked Mr. Neilson, host of the party, if his 
guest was a refugee or if he was here on a business trip. "Fifty- 
fifty", said Mr. Neilson. The guest was Mr. Guilio A. Richard whose 
home is in Milano, Italyand, more recently, in Switzerland. He was 
a dark complexioned chap, exceedingly well groomed and ^thorough 
gentleman. He spoke of old clay pipes - "Very fragile", he said. 
"I work in ceramics, you know". So the hostess ventured another 
question: "Are you a competitor of Mr. Wedgwood?" she asked. "No", 
he answered, quick as a flash, "Re is a competitor of mine I" In the 
Parlor Mr. Richard read all the framed manuscripts and was more 
interested in that room than the others. He explained that old 
houses and old utensils are not much of a novelty to him. "I've 
seen many houses a great deal older than this" he said. Longfellow 
and the fact that the Inn represents the best in early American 
life appealed most to th5.s part-time refugee. 

Friday, January 24, 1941 Snow-storm 

The boys and girls of the dancing class had a difficult 
time getting h«^re tonight. Roads were blocked because of a blindir^g 
snowstorm; almost a blizzard. But they finally managed to come through 
and looking at the boys we thought they seemed particularly fit and 
trim. Perhaps it was because Mr. Sennott had just handed us an 
annual report giving the boys* height and weight. It is as follows: 

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Friday, January 2A - continued 

Totel poimds gained 375 pounds 

Total height gained 58 inches 

Average weight gained 7 pounds 

Average height gained 1 inch 
Greatest individual weight 

gain 2C>| pounds 

Greatest individual height 3 inches 


Consider the boys when they come to the school; some are 
overweight; many under weight. The aim, by diet and exercise, is 
to bring them to a normal point for their height and age. The 
greatest individual weight" gain is to us the most astounding. 
Picture a boy gaining 20j pounds in a year. To his schoolmates 
a change in weight is not usually noticable; they see him every day. 
But even the schoolmates in this particular case, should not be 
unaware of a change I It is a spledid work - this buiding up of 
boys; making them better citizens, preparing them for a better future. 
A necessary step towards this goal is the one concerned 7dth their 
physical well being. Not all the good that is done can be accomplish- 
ed by sitting at desks and cramming their heads full of knowledge. It 
is a combination of the two; the one depends on the other, the physical 
on the mental; the mental on the physical. 

Saturday, January ^y 19^ Pleasant 

We sre enveloped in a \iahite blanket of snow. It is the 
light, fluffy variety, about 12 inches deep, lilverywhere we look, 
men are shovelling, at the Gate House, in front of the Inn, by the 
Barn. Stone posts and piimps are topped with high white hats. Low 
sweeping drifts and high sweeping drifts are blocking doorways 
and resting against stone walls. The trees are mummering that they 
have shaken the snow from their branches and are dark patches 
against a pale blue sky. In the Inn we are snug and warm. We are 
prepexing for the Ministers' Retreat which begins tomorrow. The 
39th annual pilgrimage of the Praters to the Wayside Inn. 


Sunday, Jnnuary 26, 194.1 






The first to arrive was Dr. Seth R. Brooks from Washington, D. C. 
He greeted us gaily and told of seeing Miss deMille in the Capitol City on 
her way to Florida. Next came our dear friend Dr. John(v'^ji Schaick) with 
his young collegue, Dr. Emerson Lalone. Dean John Murray Atwood of St. 
Lawrence University arrived at 4-s30 o'clock and from then on the usual 
warm greetings and welcomings of the Fraters could be seen and heard through- 
out the Wayside Inn. 

Dr. Robert Cummins invited his vrife and young son to come in to 
warm themselves before making the return trip to Boston. Two of the yoimger 
men. Dr. Max Kapp and Dr. William Tlallace Rose, vfent from room to room as if 
inspecting their own home after a years absence. Most dignified Frater and 

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Sunday, January 26 - continued 

possibly the most brilliant, intellectually, is Dr. Frederick 
Perkins. He ha.s not missed one single Retreat. He came this year in 
time for supper and enlivened the already jovial scene with his quick 
wit and ever present graciousness. Part of the evening was spent in 
listening to Dr. Kapp read from "Among Friends" b;- Samuel McChord 
Carrothers. The essay read, is called "The Colonel at the Theological 
Semineiry" and is full of humor. Every now and then the sentiment was 
expressed that the Fraters were glad to be back once more at the 
Wayside Inn. 

All nine who arrived today were in fine spirits and we 
anticipate a lively, profitable three days. 

Monday, January 27, 19'41 



At eight o'clock sharp, the nine first arrivals ^ere seated 
in the dining room. Some had been up a long time, one or two had been 
out to view the winter landscape from the front of the Inn. All were 
very hungry. 



After Breakfast a few walked to the Chapel service and came back 
enthused about the single ceremony -vhich takes place every school day 
morning in the beautiful new edifice pt the corner of Dutton Road. The 
morning papers and some letters attracted the attention of the Fraters 




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for a few minutes, but these every day matters r.-ere put aside as more 
Frater-friends arrived. Roger Etz, Dr. Huntley, Fred Leining v/ere among 
those who came this morning and brought vith them the three new-comers. . . 
Ellsworth C. Reamon of Syracuse, ^ew York, Robert M. Rice of Arlington, 
Mass. and Harmon M. Gehr of Philadelphia. The last narae<\brought with iaim 
his violin and he is to be unofficially the "Ole Bull" of the present group 
who - - - 

"From the far off noisy town 
Have to the Wayside Inn cone down 
To rest beneath its old oak tree?" •• 

Revs. RICE 


Mier a 2ook. Review on "The Clue to Hifc«<A^*^ given- by Dr. Fred C. Leining, 
the group adjourned to the dining room for luncheon. 

Monday - continued 


The early afternnon was spent in informa^. walks and talks; a 
two-some here, three or four there. 

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Monday, January 27 - continued 



Gus leini:jg 


Gus Leining came into the foregroimd rhen he passed around some home- 
made molasses candy. He made it himself and proceeded to give a discourse 
on the benefits dreived from eatin g molasses , "tt gives you iron, it is 
good for your throat, it is fed to cattle" said Gus. ^e went on and on. - 
Up spoke Dr. Perkins - "You may be right, Gus, but I like to keep my 
medicine and my food separate I" Soon the talk turned to deeper things 
and Dr. Perkins' advice was asked. He would b^in: "Now, I do think boys 

- - - - " Yes, this year the cooperation between the older and 

younger men is noticable. Old members are dropping off. Two years ago. 
Dr. Tomlinson, Dr. Fischer and Dr. Gray. Last year Dr. Hammatt. This 
year, for one reason or another - mostly sickness - Drs. Hall, McCollsster, 
Lov;e and Sykes are missing. This year the young men outnumber the older 
ones. But the younger members are considerate, tactful and regard their 
elders with great affection and respect. 

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Monday, Jsjiuary 27 - continued 

At twilight old and young gathered in the Parlor where Dr. Kaj^ spoke 
on "Itysticism of the Poets". 





Monday - continued 


This evenings session of the Retreat was informatil. The Inn 
family was invited to the large Ball room where th^^aters were fo\md, seatdd 
near the piaro« Miss Fisher accompanied the Reverend Gehr as he rendered 
several selections on the violin. They were beautiful, well known selections 
and played with an exquisite touch. The young man stood erect, his bow 
swung easily. With apparently little effort he brought forth great harmony 
and beauty from his instnament. The Fraters and family were appreciative 
and were delighted to hear several encores. Then the company drew their 

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flkjnday, January 27 - continued 

chairs close to the fireplace. Dr. Perkins sat at the left side 
near a low table. His talk was called "Renevd-ng acquaintance with Longfellow" 
In this Dr. Perkins brought forth several heretofore unknown facts about our 
poet. But first he gave a very brief history of the Inn. He remarked that 
had LtS not been for Longfellow^ the little company gathered in the Ball room 
would likely not be there. He spoke of Mr. Lemon and said that Mr. Eemon 
once told him of the temptations which confronted him when he took over the 
Inn; the temptations to make of the Inn a common roadhouse, how he had to 
win the confidence of people who were interested in having the Inn preserved 
because of its historical and literary associations, ^e wanted to bring 
students here, Wellesley college girls and those to whom the Inn would have 
a literary appeal. 

Dr. Perkins mentioned Longfellow as a great man - a man greater 
than anything he did; a great man speaking through poetry. Then he told 
of the tragedy in Longfellow's life, the loss of his second wife when she 
was burned to death. He read "The Cross of Snow" :7hich Longfellow wrote 
after the fatal accident. Dr. Perkins called attention to the appeal of 
Longfellow's poem§, their moral earnestness, their appeal to the heart, to 
self-reliance. ^ spoke of the extraordinary variety of the meter in 
Longfellow's work. *% called the poet "a master in the technique of 
poetry" . 

The niost astonishing fact brought forth was in regard to the 
poet's birthplace. It is ccmmonly recorded that he was born in Portland, 
Maine. In 1807, however, ^aine vires not a state. It was then a district of 
Massachusetts, and belonged within the territorial limits of Massachusetts. 
This puts Longfellow's home and birthplace in Massachusetts and not in 
Maine I ^ 

Dr. Perkins interest in maritime subjects led him to tell of 
Longfellow's love of the sea and of his familiarity with evei'ything per- 
taining to the sea, boats for example, as shown in "The Building of the 

The poet, himself, could easily have stepped into the picture 
on this cold January night. Dr. Perkins brought the character of the man 
before us so vividly he seemed to be here. Longfellow would have rejoiced 
to find tonight another group of friends gathered before the fireplace, 
a group as full of the spirit of plain living and high thinking as was the 
one he put here nearly a hundred years ago. 

Tuesday, January 23, 19^ Pleasant 


As on Mondaj^ , the ministers v;ere up at an early hour. More 
went to the Chapel service this morning, then came back to a business 
meeting in the old kitchen. It is in the Old Kitchen where these men are 

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Tuesday, January 28 - continued 

most serious, '^here is an informality to the room, it invites 
serious and intimate discussion. Their business meeting is confidential 
and never ver^- long. Only the older members are included. Ne-v members 
are discussed, voted in. 

Immediately following the business meeting. Dean John Murray 
Atwood read a paper on "I<^sticism and Pragmatism". Inij fact the key 
subject of the meetings this year was "Mysticism". Dean Atwood 's talk 
was of great interest. Many termed it "the best we've ever had here". 


A Retreat custom v^ch was not overlooked tis year was the 
matter of picture- taking. This comes immediately after luncheon on 
Tuesday. The men don overcoats and hats and group themselves at the 
front step for a pictiire. Cameras click and the "ordeal", as some call it, 
is over in a few minutes. 





The day was cold but very pleasant. Many of the "boys" went 
for a walk and reliurning sat in the Bar-r^oom talk was lively until 
the Twilight Hour. Then the Parlor was again the gathering place, and 
Dr. Donald F. E. Hoyt the speaker. He spoke on "Recent Mysticism in 
Tragic Experience". 

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Tuesday, Jpjiuary 2S - continued 


Every year the Retreat members look forward to their Old Kitchen 
dinner. Throughout the afternoon they go frequently to the fireplace where 
preparations are under way. They tallc with the people who are making 
ready and inquire into all the old time methods of cooking. They peer 
into the iron pots and retiom to see if the roast is cookiag properly. At 
six o'clock, tonight, the large roast of beef was done to the right turn 
and all sat down to partake of the bounteous meal. "Never was roast beef 
more delicious" was the concensiis of opinion as the ministers emerged from 
the kitchen. 

A few stayed around the dinner table and began to sing. Others 
joined them and shortly the room was filled again rrith these ecclesiastical 
gentlemen. It was not pre-arranged, this evenings entertainment. Dr. 
Clarence R. Skirjier v/ho was scheduled to speak couldn't come because of 
illness. Therefore it was an informal, extemporaneous affair. We don't 
knov/ exactly what happened. Vie only know that mens voices, blended in 
perfect harmony, came forth singing old familiar hymns and, "in each in- 
tervening pause, the music of a violin". The violin was again heard and 
at times, hearty laughter. Singing, laughter, talk went on till a late hour. 
The hostesses and Inn family all retired and left the freedom ofthis old 
house, which holds so many beautiful memories and associations, in the hands 
of nineteen ministers . 

Wednesday, January 29, 19-U. Pleasant 

Breakfast over, the ministers prepared themselves for the Upper 
Room Service, a Communion Service *^^:eli this year, for the first time, was 
held in our Chapel. Dr. van Schaick conducted the service which can be 
best described in his ovm \'}ords: 

"It was an experience for all 6f us. Not because 
of anyth'.ng that I did, but because of the day, 
the place, the sun, the music, the all". 

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The Communion Service is the last on the official program of the 
Retreat. The ministers stayed for limcheon, then said their good-byes. We 
wer«&s reluctant to see them go as they were to leave. It is at this point 
that words fail. Never can the feelings these men hold for the Inn be 
expressed, either \r/ the men themselves or by the writer of the Diary. ^'?hat 
they glean from their three days here is intangible. The Inn prys deep into 
the heaxts and souls of these men. They take from it something wich makes a 
deep impression and is never forgotten. In return they give as much, ^y 
their presence, the Inn becomes a richer and finer place. 


Thursday, January 30, 19A1 Pleassoit 

Today ^e are concerned with straightening ourselves and the 

Inn after the event of the Retreat. Dr. Rest left his slippers. They 
must be packed and sent. Dr. Fiske ordered a camera film ifcich came 

after he had left. Letters have beeri piling up to be answered - and so 

it goes. We are busy with the little chores which always appear after a 
house has been filled with guests. 

Friday, January 31> 19^ Pleasejit 

A poem about church steeples has been sent recently to us by 
Mrs. Robert L. Lovelace, 11 Blaine Avenue, Worcester. Our chapel steeple 
brought to mind the verses. They werewritten by Miss M. Eloise Talbot. 
The second verse is as follows: 

"The steeples of New England 
As sentinels they stand 
And lift a pointing finger 
Across oiir far-flung land 
Up to the blue of heaven. 
Since first the Pilgrims came 
They bear their silent witness 
Like candles of white flame". 

Saturday, February 1, 19A1 Pleasant 

As long as January holds on we feel that v.'e can glance back once 
in a while to the old year. But with February 1st, we are fully laionched 
on the new year. We no longer make the mistake of writing •^O instead of 
*J^H This day, we feel, is our last chance to give a sui/unary of important 
events in 194-0. Foremost in our minds are World events, the Ytar of all 
Wars which is raging so furiously across the seas; happenings which have 
saddened people everywhere, in every nook and corner of the Universe. It 
is not a cheerful report. Nearer home, however, here at the Wayside Inn, 
the most outstanding events of 194-0 have cheered us. The year saw the 
completion of out new Chapel and its dedication by Mr. and Mrs. Ford. 
Happy were we too, to welcome to the Inn, the original old Spinet mentioned 
by Longfellow. It came back after being gone since 1861 and now reposes 
in the Parlor where the firelight still plays inaudible melodies on its 
ivory keys. Along with the Spinet came the valuable violin v-ich was owned 
by Ole Bull and played upon by the groat musician who was also our "MusiclanJ* 
in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. 


Wednesday, February 5, 19^ 


We ^ere walking doim Dutton Road today. The snow made a crunching 
sound under our feet. The afternoon sun was sinking slowly into the 
West. On oi'T right, lay a few deep blUe hills and over them there was a 
pink tingp to the sky. Except for dark specks of stone wall everything 
else was white. We almost mlFsed seeing the Redstone School house. It 
appeared half buried vrhen we glanced up at it. Forttinately we had a 
camera so took a picture. 


Sunday, February 2, 19^ Snow 

Our first arrival for dinner today was Mr. Joseph Buckley 
Howe of IH Beeching St., Worcester, Mass. His grandfather was 
Calvin Howe and his father, Buckley Ho^'e. Both names are familiar. 
The old Calvin Ho-Te house is opposite the Mill and is used Iry the 
Boys School. Calvin ran a mill on the site of our present mill. 
Buckley made shoe nails there. Our guest today remembers the Inn 
well when he was a boy. He used to run bare-foot all over the house, 
even on the roof, he said. 

Monday, February 3, 1941 Cloudy 

Prompltly at eight o'clock this morning work was begun on 
repairing the Parlor. Among repairs to be made will be a new floor 
and new window sashes. Sills and plates were found to be badly rotted. 
These vd.ll be replaced. The 2" by 8" bposts^hich ordinarily sui:port 
the plates had been removed leaving the plates rdth no support whatever. 
Other minor repaii's will bo doubt be necessary as the work progresses. 
Y/hen uncovering an old house, it is often found that changes ha^e been 
made which entirely obliterate the original construction. We are 
never afraid, however, that repairs T.'ill in any way change the general 
appearance of the Inn. When completed the ^ests do not notice any 
difference whatever. Wetrho live here feel that the house is a bit more 
stable and secure I 

Tuesday, February A, 19^ Pleasant 

Our overnight guests last night were Mr. and Mr: . J. B. May 
who registered froro Jackson New Heanpshire. We are always curious 
about people v;ho live in Summer resorts during the Winter. We wonder 
what business or pleasure they piursue. We learned that Mr. May is a 
furniture maker. He reproduces ColonieJL furniture. His market is in 
large cities, Boston, New York etc. He hopes in time, however, to sell 
direct from his shop. He hopes that Summer and Winter resort people 
will come to him. Jackson is a winter resort, too. It is noted for 
excellent skiing. The May s are surrounded by mountains and ski trails 
and spend their spare time in the open country. An ideal all-the-year 
round homel 



Thursday, February 6, 19A1 Pleasant 

We rode ot Boston the other day. Coming home at six o'clock 
it was just dark. Our car was trailing a huge Grey Hound Bus. Its long 
body rolled easily over the road. It nosed its way over street 
car tracks and between high buildings. Then it headed towards Sudbury. 
It glided more swifrly around curves, through woods and up and down 
hills. We were mindful of passengers in the coach. Were thej leaving 
their homes in Boston to spend a vacation in the South or were they 
people who had come to Boston on a business errend and were now return- 
ing to their homes, perhaps in the middle West. TOaerever they were from 
or ?rhatever their mission, they 7;ere undoubtedly looking out the windows 
of the bus; looking ^t the houses, the hills, the Winter landscape. And 
as they passed the Inn what would they think of this old, rambling house 
with its dim Isjitem lights outside and bright, warm lights within? 
Then to their surprise, the Chapel, p\a*e white against the dark backgrovind 
of the night would appear before their eyes. A symbol of Peace, of 
Faith, of Courage &-nd of Ho^;e. Whatever interpretation, the Chapel 
as it stands alone on the low hill, perfectly v:hite, its spire pointing 
towards Heaven, is certainly an inspiration to all who pass it. Weary 
Bus passengers vlll never forget the sight. They will carry ^ith them, 
wherever they may go, the picture of a beautiful Chapel. 

Friday, February 7, 19>+1 Pleasant 

We are ver^- proud of Stephen Gooch and very glad that he 
came in to have dinner with us today. He graduated from oiu* Boys 
Sch-^ol in 1932. ^e ^/^as kept on at the Inn; worked in the front of the house 
and liked meeting people. Everyone liked Steve. Then he went on to 
learn the hotel business. He started ;.t the Williamstown Inn. Williams town 
is a college town in the western part of the state - a lovely town and a 
very fine college. Steve became interested in the college, the studies, 
college life. He wanted to go to college himself. So he worked hard, 
summers and all. For five years he saved, studied and prepared himself. 
This Jime he is graduating from the Massachusetts State College at 
Amherst, ^e is a fine boy, clean, sincere, likeable. He is serious and 
he is full of fim. He is the very first one of our Wayside Inn boys to 
graduate from college. It has been a struggle. He has made his way alone. 

Saturday, February 8, 1941 Pleasant 

A prettj' little party was held at the Inn this afternoon. 
It was little in two waysj only six in number and all were little 
girls. They ^-ere about ten years of age and celebrating the Birthday 
of Miss Faye Byan. In the center of the dining table was a fancy 
birthday cake with the usual candles. At each place was a small boquet 
of flowers. The girls wore what looked like homemade silk taffeta 
dresses J some were pink and sonie vere blue vdth a hair ribbon to match. 
At supper they ate and ate and wanted more. In some ways it was a kind 
of old fashioned Birthday party. Taffeta dresses, black patent leather 
shoes and a second helping of ice cream, all remind us of Birthday 
parties many years agol' 


Sunday, February 9, 19/U Pleasant 

Not an expecially eventful day in the history of the Weyside Inn, 
but a day of importance in T7orld events. Prime L'inister Winston Churchill 
spoke ovem the radio from London. It v/sr a great speech. Some say one of 
the best ever heard. He asked for help; not for an army, but for the 
support and confidence of the American people in supplying war materials 
to England. "Give us the tools and we will finish the job" he said. Most 
dramatic part of the speech, to us, was his quotation from Longfellow's 
"Building of the Ship". Churchill relayed it to his vast audience from a 
letter written by President Roosevelt. 

"Sail on, Shop of State 
Sail on, Union strong and great 
Humanity vdth all its fears 
With all the hopes of future years 
Is hanging breathless on thy fate". 


Dr. Perkins, ona^^the Praters, read the very same verse two weeks 
ago in the Ball room of the Inn. Further interest in the poem has led us to 
find that President Lincoln also admire d the poem; was stirred by the last 
lines. Iiir. Noah Brooks mentions thit he found President Lincoln one day 
attracted by the poem. He adds: "Kno?dng the whole poem as one of my early 
exercises in recitation, I began at his (Lincolns) request, with the description 
of the launching of the ship, and repeated it to the end. As he listened to 
the last lines, his eyes filled '.dth tears and his cheeks were wet. He did 
not speak for some minutes, but finally said with simplicity: "It is a 
wonderful gift to be able to stir men like that". 

The ship builder Longfellow describes was Donald MacKay, an East 
Boston ship builder of greet prominence and re-nown in the early 1800' s. He 
made many of the fajnous Yankee Clipper Ships. The last stanzas refer, of course, 
to the Abolition movement over wliich there was much agitation when Longfellow 
published the poem. 

Monday, Febtuary 10, 19-41 Pleasant 

We *.Tg:e glad to ••'elcone home today Miss Muriel de?<Iille who has been 
on a three weeks vacation. She soent it in St. Petersburg, Florida. There 
she enjoyed basking in the warm sunshine. She also spent some time in sight- 
seeing. She took a bus through so-fet'hern Florida stopping at Miami and on the 
whole saw all the important points of interest. T,e are quite envious of her 
frosy, tanned countenance and re-newed energy . 


Tuesday, February 11, 19^ Pleasant 

Today is the Birthday of Thomas Alva Edison. It v/as 94- years ago 
that he was born in the kittle town of J/lilan, Ohio. We honor him as a 
great inventor and also as an intimate friend of our landlord, Mr. Ford. 
The Inn rejoices that Mr. Edison was once a guest here. Never a day goes 
by that we do not point vath pride to his signature on the Coolidge bucket. 
The Boston Transcript today mentions Mr. Edison as "the greatest inventor 
the World has ever known". ^ 

Wednesday, February 12, 19^1 Pleasant 

A recent guest v/e must not overlook is Egon Ludwig Sedgv/ick 
Hanfstaengl, son of Dr. Ernst Hanfstaengl, exiled Nazi foreigh press 
chief who is now in a concentration camp in Canada., Young Hanfstaengl was, 
at the time he came here with Professor Schell's group in January, a Harvard 
sophomore. In the old kitchen he told intimate details of his life in the 
household of Adolf Hitler. His father played the piano '^r Hitler when the 
Feuhrer wtee». W was tired. The son refused to eat in the same dining 
room with his father and Hitler "becuase I did not like the food or the 
talk" he said. Later Hitler asked the boy the reason for his refusal. The 
boy told the truth. Hitler never forgave him. Shortly after Egon was at the 
Inn he enlisted in the American Army, and is now in a Camp in Alabama. On 
his mother's side he is related to the prominent Sedgwick family of Boston 
and since he was born in Ne-- York, is an American citizen. 

Thursday, February 13, 19^ Pleasant 

The ministers, here in Januarj-- for their yearly Retreat, have 
written several letters of appreciation. We quote from three of them: 

" - To express my deep appreciation for all 

the lovely favors of hospitality which I andkll the 
the Fraters received at the hands of the Inn folk". 

"As usual this years Hetrest was the best ever. In- 
creasingly we appreciate the fine cordiality which 
everyone of you connected the Inn shows us. We 
cannot begin to express our thanks". 

" Our stay at the Inn was delightful. The folk at the 
Inn certainly mother this group of parsons and 
every want is anticipated. We are deeply grateful 
for the many favors and it is a treat to be at the 
Retreat (almost poetic)". 


Friday, February lA, 19A1 Fog 

There was a home-like, wholesome flavor to the Valentine party 
held by children of the Redstone and Southv.-est Schools at the Inn this 
afternoon. The usual Friday afternoon dancing class brought the children 
here. In celebration of St. Valentine the children v/anted a party. Mothers 
in Sudbury, Mrs. Hoye, Mrs. Eaton, Mrs. Barrett, in fact all the mothers 
made cakes, candy and favors. The children distributed valentines and the 
Inn supplied ice cream. Some of the cakes had pink frosting, others, the 
favorite chocolate icing and one or two were white with a touch of red. 
Little nut cups were covered with Valentine paper napkins and fillea with 
home made fudge. It was a re-:tl country-side affair witli every faroily 
contribution sometMng. This gave a friendly, intimate touch to the party. 
The children felt free to use the Inn as they would their own home. 

Saturday, February 15, 19A1 Partly cloudy 

Yesterday was the 93rd birthday of Mrs. Frances A. Savyer of 
Clinton, Mass. We learned this from the Worcester Gazette which published 
an account of the widow of Francis H. Sawyer. The headlines read: 
"Woman who went to Mary and Lajab's School is 93" • The article continues 
"by saying that Itrs, Sarfyer is in excellent health and performs a considerable 
part of her household duties, takes frequent auto molile rides and is a great 
reader of current events. It will be remembered that Mr. Francis H. Sawyer 
was a relative of our Mary Sawyer and supplied much valuable informs, tion 
when the Redstone School house was moved to the Inn property. 


^, Sunday, February 16, 1941 Pleasant 

The warm sunshine and clear roads brought out a great many dinner guests and 
sight-seers today. After a rather slow week, all departments were speeded up to take 
care of the crowd. Guests often inquire: "How do you do it? How do you know how many 
are coming; how can you be prepared?" We wonder ourselves when the question confronts 
us, but at the time, when guests pour in, we never stop to think. We don't take time 
to say: "What are we going to do?" or "How are we going to do it?" Everyone from the 
hostess at the front door to Emma in the kitchen works faster. The hostesses talk 
faster, answer more questions; the waitresses walk faster, wait on more people; the 
cooks cook faster and serve more dinners. 

Monday, February 17, 1941 Pleasant 

Remarks of recent guests: 

Little old lady who owns summer cottages at Lake Willowby, Vermont: 

"I dcxi't know whether you are the one I should tell, but 
I want to tell someone what a wonderful dinner we had." 

Small boy: 

"I wouldn't mind having this for a house," 
Second small boy: 

"I wouldn't either, except that I already have one." 

Tuesday, February 18, 1941 Pleasant 

Many of the schools in Massachusetts are having a vacation period this week. 
This is true of our own Mary Lamb and Southwest Schools* Tonight we had the pleasure 
of entertaining about thirty pupils of the Weston (Massachusetts) High School, They 
belong to the Unitarian Church. The parish assistant wanted a nice party for the 
yoxing people during vacation week. So she chose the Inn for dinner and dancing. Dinner 
was served in the old dining room; dancing, under Mr Haynes supervision, was held in the 
large ballroom. Miss Fisher played the piano and all the old-time dances were done. 
Two or three "mothers" came along. We heard one mother say: "I wish we could have a 
party like this for our children, every week." 

At the same time this evening. Professor Schell's group came for their monthly 
dinner auid meeting. Professor Schell, gracious host, was unable to be present. 
Professor Hauser ably filled his place. Fourteen were present. The guest speaker was 
a man just back from France. Discussion of the present Lease-Lend Bill before Congress 
and the War situation, went on until a very late hour. 


Wednesday, February 19, 1941 Pleasant 

A single stalk of lily blossoms has appeared in a vase in the barroom. The 
blossoms came from our greenhouse where Mr DaviSeS", gardener, has carefully tended 
the lily plant given to us by Miss Mary Lowell Vinal. The plant was presented to 
Miss Vinal by Mary Sawyer, our Mary in the famous poem. It seems that Mary, when 
living in Somerviile as Mrs Columbus Tyler, taught a Sunday School class. She gave 
each moiiber of the class a plant. Miss Vinal kept her plant, watched over it tenderly 
through the years and last fall presented it to the Inn, It is called a salmon lily. 
The blossom is exactly a salmon pink in color. There are several small blossoms on 
the stalk. Guests wonder why we are so choice of one lily, V/hen they learn the story 
they exclaim: "How beautiful!" "Vfliat a historic lilyl" 

Thursday, February 20, 1941 Pleasant 

We were expecting about 60 wcmen in a special party to have luncheon here 
today. The telephone rang - "There will be 99 in the party" a voice said. The big 
dining room was made ready, silver and glass arranged, the kitchen notified, more 
food prepared and all was in order by the time the buses arrived. The wcmen came 
from North Atlantic States, Their husbands are State Highway officials now holding 
a convention in Boston. This kind of group gives us the greatest satisfaction. Many 
of the wcmen had never been to New England before. For years they have looked forward 
to the time when they would actually see Concord, Lexington and the Wayside Inn, At 
last their hopes are fulfilled. They drink in evei^.^ word of the story, revel in the 
atmosphere and carry away with them a vivid picture of one of the foremost historic 
houses in all the land, 

Friday, February 21, 1941 Pleasant 

Work on "checking up" the parlor is progressing rapidly. In order to make 
the room more true to Longfellow's description of it, the "rafters overhead" will be 

left uncovered. The poet says in the Prelude to the "Tales"; The firelight 

"Filled the whole parlor large and low 

It gleamed on wainscot and on wall 

It touched with more than wonted grace 

Fair Princess Mary's pictured face. 

It bronzed the rafters overhead 

On the old spinet's ivory keys 

It played in audible melodies," 

The "wainscot" is there. We have "Princess Mary's Pictured Face," The "spinet" 
came back recently. All help to create for us the atmosphere of the room as the poet 
found it. The "rafters overhead" will further enhance the picture. We can more easily 
catch the spirit of the room. The words "bronzed the rafters" will have more meaning. 



Saturday, February 22, 1941 Pleasant 


The spirit of George V/ashington pervaded the whole Inn today. Guests were 
not aware of it - except, perhaps, as they glanced at the American flag swaying in 
the breeze over the frort entrance. But the spirit of liberty and freedom for vrfiich 
V/ashington fought, was evident everywhere. We felt it in the very timbers of the 
house, those timbers felled by men who wanted to establish new homes in a land where 
they would know the peace and freedom which they craved. We saw the image of George 
Washington as we pointed to Paul Revere prints showing Boston at the time of the 
Revolutionary War, That same peace and freedom for which Washington fought was seen 
in the faces of our guests who, well aware of the peril to that peace, were, never- 
theless, happy and content. Apropos of the current bill before the Senate which would 
give practically unlimited aid to certain peoples now at War, the words in Washington's 
"Farewell Address" kept ringing in our ears: "No Entangling Alliances," All day we 
were mindful of the man who gave to us and to our nation the security and happiness 
Ki^ich we now enjoy, Vfeshington's Birthday yes, but rather, a day of Thanksgiving, A 
day full of prayers, that strife and suffering may cease and that there shall not be 
war any more. 



S\mda7, i'ebruary 23, 19^.1 Pleasant 

Another busy day follovdng a Saturday holiday and we 
were surprised to find among our guests, a yoimg Germaji girl. 
Instead of a British or French refugee as ve freo^uently encounter 
now-a-days, here i/yas one from the heart of Germany, She ^-'as in 
her late 'teens, an attractive, vivacious girl, bright eyes and 
eager to learn. She wanted to know raorc about Net; England. Was 
Massachusetts a part of Nev." England or was Massachusetts all of 
New England? We tried to straighten her out on tliis point and 
asked hov.- long she had been in this country. "Three years" she 
said, "and I like it. I live in Nev^- York with my uncle". 

Monday, February 24., 194.1 Pleasant 

Eleven guests cajae in for dinner this evening. First 
a lady with two boys about ages 8 and L4.. Next an elderly lady 
dressed in black, accompanied by a young man. Our third arrivals 
were a college boy and his lady friend. Tliey '^ere followed by 
another couple, slightly older, who were anxious to htirry on to the 
theatre in Boston. Most interested mre the last couple, he a young 
business man fixing up an old house for - we think - the lovely 
lady -ho was -.-itl' him. Both were genuinely appreciative of every- 
thing old and wanted to learn about the uses of all our old kitchen 
furnishings. Their house, in Hull, liass. precedes the date of the 
building of the Inn by a few years. It was formerly the Loring 
homestead, the Reverend Loring being one of the early ministers in 
Sudbury. We also gave the boys who cane in first, a thorough history 
of the Inn. The lady in black was more interested in dinner and in 
her dog wMch she had left in the car, than she was in the house. 
Nevertheless, all eleven expressed their enjoyment in being at the 
Inn. Thus a typical evening, passed. 

Tuesday, February 25, 19^ Pleasant 

Harbingers of Spring at the ^tVayside Inn are snow-drops and 
babj' lambs. Today vre saw the first snow-drop. It is showing a tiny 
white head underneath the Old Kitchen window. There is only one so 
far and tliis on the edge of a small snow bank. The first arrivals in 
the barn are not baby lambs tliis year, but baby goats. Twins, 
dressed in curly, white hair are as cute a pair of animals as we have 
ever seen. They are pure vrhite with bright little faces <and cuddle 
near their mother. 


Wednesday, February 26, 1941 Pleasant 

The Winter is moving on towards Spring and 7dth slightly 
wanner weather we are entertaining more guests. The guests do not 
require all of our time yet, however, and we are able to devote some 
portion of each day to other taskfe.s. For instance, -we are making 
an album of pictures taken of the Chapel during its construction. 
The first picture shows the steam shovel breaking ground. Then come 
pictures of the stone foiondation, the wooden frame of the building, 
the erection of the steeple, the completed edifice and last we see 
Mr. and Mrs. Ford at the Dedication ceremony. The pictures are 
being arranged in sequence and T;vill make a fine historical record. 

Thursday, February 27, 1941 Pleasant 

Today v/e have paid honor to Longfellow by placing a wreath 
on his grave at Mount Auburn Cemetery, ■'•his is an annual custom of 
the Inn folk - to make a wreath from greens gathered at the Inn and 
to carry it, on the Poet's Birthday, to his last resting place. 
Moxmt Auburn is a cold, bleak spot at this time of year. Our green 
wreath is a touch cf warmth, of affection and cheer. It is usually 
the only token placeAthere on February 27th. 

Friday, •'''ebruar- 28, 19-41 Windy 

A doctor connected with the U. S. Government and for 
the past few months assigned to the Veterans Hospital at Bedford, 
Mass. has come to the Inn several times and tonight came to say 
good tye. He brought a partly of six for dinner and announced that 
his departure for I'lissouri is imminent. He revealed that v/hile in New 
England he as made colored moving pictures of all historic places. 
He has taken outside pictures of the Inn, Mill^ Schoolhouse etc. 
These he expects to show in a lecture whicli he vd.ll give to various 
clubs, societies etc. "back home". Historic Boston, Lexington, Concord, 
the Inn should be of great interest to people in Missouri and more in- 
teresting when presented by one who has actually been here. 

Snturday, March 1, 1941 Snow 

St. ^dark's School in Southboro supports its own Inn, but it 
is closed at this time of year. Patrons, the few v/ho come in the 
Winter, are sent over here and for the past two or three week-ends 
we have had guests from St. %rks. They are parents visiting their 
sons. Tonight we T^ere pleased to have with us again, Mr. and Mr.s. 
Maurice Boyer. One son is at St. Marks, another at the Harvard 
Business School. The third child is a daughter. All were here for the 
night. Mr. Boyer is a Frenchman. Speaking with a slight accent he 
said: "My 81 y@ar old mother is starving; my Bank employees are 
starving. Vihat am I to do but return to France?" He expects to leave 
within three weeks. The family will stay in America. Mr. Boyer has 
lived in Paris and in New York. Since 1939 he has been in America 
as a purchasing agent of the French Government. He has spent some time 
in Dearborn and is acquainted with LIr. Henry Ford and Mr. -cdsel Ford. 


Siinday March 2, 1941 Pleasant 

A small boy -rith a particularly intelligent face and 
manner, came in for dinner today with his parents. We r,'atched the 
boy as he quietly told his choice for dinner and as he turned to 
look about him. He asked one or tiro questions. Then the hostess 
approached, explained a fe^ things. "Thank you", said the boy, 
"thank you very much". He was asked if he would like to continue 
and hear more about the Inn. "Yes, I woiild, I woiild appreciate 
your telling me very much". Mother and father followed on. More 
guests listened in. The hostes:; talked. The boy stood stil?, 
looking at every object. Purposely, the hostess paused. The boy 
spoke up in a loud, clear voice and before a foom full of people 
said: "It is really Y/onderful vrhat people made in the old days. 
Thank you for telling me about the things". Mother explained later 
that the boy is only 6 years old. "He has never been left in the 
c^re of others r "I've trained him myself", said the pretty young 
mother - "and it has been so easy and so much fionl" We congratulated 
her on having such a polite and well mannered child. 

Monday, March 3, 1941 Cloudy 

Eleven women from the Clearview Club of Worcester came for 
luncheon today. During the afternoon they played cards at tables 
arranged near the fireplace in the large Ballroom. 

This evening two smart little boys came to dinner with 
their Daddy and mother; he the Presbyterian minister in Whitinsville , 
Mass. When all "were seated at the table'^, there was a silence, heads 
were bowed low - and grace was said. 

Tiaesday, March 4., 1941 Pleasant 

The magazine section of the Boston Sunday Post for December 1, 
194-0, has just come to our attention. In it, is a long article entitled: 
"Heavens to Betsyl The Dance is Back". It is really an intervievf 
with our dancing master Mr. Albert Haynes. In it he gives instructions 
as to the proper way to waltz. Also he gives detailed directions for a 
Virginia Reel. Mr. Haynes maintains that the old dances are prettier and 
more fun than modern dances and he says: "There's nothing like the old 
square dance to promote sociability", fir. Haynes has been very busy this 
winter directing old fashioned dancing in club groups, private parties 
and several benefit parties for the British War relief. 

Wednesday, March 5, 1941 Pleasant 

Any news concerning the Wayside Inn Fraters concerns us too. 
We were therefore, grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Frederick W. 
Perkins, wife of our Dr. Perkins one of the old guard of the Wayside Inn 
Retreat. Dr. Perkins was ^ for many years^ minister of the Universalist 
Church in Washington, D. C. He is now retired and has established a 
home in Arlington, Mass. It was here thnt Mrs. Perkins passed away. 



T^ednesday, March 5 - continued 

Dr. Perkins is one v.dth a great deal of poise. He is always 

-Aie sitiiation, whatever it may be. We were told, however, 
that he is now quite broken in spirit, stooped and aged. The bearers 
at the funeral vere made up, for the most part, of members of the 
Wayside Inn Retreat group. 

Thursday, March 6, 19A1 Pleasant 

The l^ayside Inn Library is small, but important to those 
who use it - mostly as a reference library. It is also a repository 
for first editions and rare books. For reference books we have many 
volumes on the subject of antique furniture; customs of colonial days; 
colonial dress j old Inns and Taverns etc. The rare books are those 
editions of Longfellow and his contemporaries which are nov; out of 
print. Three first editions of the Tales of a Wayside Inn are of 
greatest interest to us. The point of this days news, i»is not to give 
a discourse on the Wayside Inn Library, but to say that we have 
recently been given a few new books for our library. These are a 
2 volume editionof Longfellow's complete v/orks in beautiful gilt edge 
leather binding, profusely and beautifully ^illustrated. These were 
given by our friend Mr. Charles W. Bowker who found them in an old 
house in Worcester, lir. William Kenny, Comptroller of the Boston Public 
Library and a frequent guest who lias already given us some books, last 
Sunday presented three more. These are a two volume edition of Longfellow 
published in 1350 and an illustrated copy of "The Hanging of the Crane". 
Mr. Kenny also presented a very good colored photograph of the Wadsworth- 
Longfellow house in Portland, Longfellow's boyhood heme. 

Friday, March 7, 1941 Cloudy 

A few days ago, a sv^eet young voice on the telephone asked if we 
could make a birthday cake with 21 candles thereon. And could it be made 
for Friday evening and how much would it cost to have dinner and the cake?" 
"How many in the party?", the hostess asked. "Two" came the sweet feminine 
voice. Tonight the two arrived. She was MissSuzanne Hayward from Severance 
Hall, Wellesley Co3.1ege and he - well, we didn't get his namlje, but he was 
a fine, modest young man. When the cake was placed before him, he was 
genuinely pleased. lElss Hay\7ard was a beautiful girl, lovely to look at and 
cliarraing in manner. As nice a couple as you would want to meet. Later they 
sat through the dancing class. Before leaving, Miss Hayivared quietly handed 
us an envelope v/ith money to cover the cost. Her party and one long to be 
remembered tr/ both. 

Saturday, March 8, 19-41 Snow 

The snow drops are buried. The bab;".^ ,?:oats ere curled up in a 
mound of strav/. Snow and vdnd are blowing widly. Once in a while the 

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Saturday, March 8 - continued 

burring sound of a heav;j'- motor, pushing the huge blade 
of a snow plow is heard. The fires are crackling on the hearth. We feel 
a solitude, a sense of being alone in this old house. We know now what 
long winter days meant a hundred or two hundred years ago. No travellers 
to bring in word fron the outside. No neighbors to call a friendly 
greeting. The landlord and farin hands, the v;omen folk waited, made merry 
in the kitchen while the sform raged. Except for Pompey going back and 
forth to bring in wood from the shed, no human or annimal stirred outside. 
Today, as the storm blevf, deep silence reigned. The whole Inn echoed of 
by-gone days. Shadows of the Howes moved in and out. The clock ticked 
loudly. Floors creaked. The beam.s took on a deeper glow of bronze. The 
spirit of 1636 was intensified. How priviliged v;ere we - - to catch a 
glimpse of the pa;^t as it appeared today in this ancient hostelryl 


S\ind^y, M-rch 9, 19^ Cloudy- 

After the storm a pleasant, bright day was expected. 
On the contrary, the sky was gray - snow fell again. In the 
afternoon Bobby and Jininiie Gould, sons of Mrs. Gould in our 
kitchen, appeared in : sleigl dra^m by their little chestnut pony. 
The sleigh was several sizes large than the pony and carried a - sized iirhip. Tucked betVi^een the boys on the se-^t were tv;o 
large red apples, to keep "Nick" contented snd happy. "Express 
leaving for Worcester - any passengers?" someone shouted - as Nick 
kicked up his heels e.nd turned his head towards home. 

Monday, Mi.rch 10, 19^ Pleasant 

Boston University, is celebrating the tercentenary of the 
freedom of the press. Three hundred years ago, the first nevrspaper 
was started in Boston and called "Public Occurrences ". In connec- 
tion 7?ith the celebration, a convention of tlie Associated Chui'ch Press is 
being held. Editors of weekly religious papers from all parts of the 
United States and Canada sre being entertcdned by the Boston unit. To- 
night the editor-delegates '.nd their v.lves convened at the Inn for an opening 
dinner. Dr. VanSchaick v.^as In ch&rge "nd arranged ^.ith Mr. Sennott to 
have the group of 4I transported from Boston to the Irin. Among the guests 
vrere T^illiarr. E. Gilroy, Presiding officer and Editor of the "Advance", 
Dr. Guy E. Shipler, Editor of the "Churchjnan" and President of the United 
Church Press, Dr. L. 0. H-^rtman, Editor of "Zion's Herald" and Dr. Daniel 
L. M rsh. President of Boston University. Others in the group came from 
Missoiuri, Virginia, Michigan, Nev/ York and Canada. After dinner and after 
the guests had looked through the Inn, Dr. vanSchaick acted as host at the 
Chapel. Here, the delegates Ti^ent from basement to balcony, then embarked 
in a bus for their retiirn trip to Boston. 

Tuesday, Mcrch 11, 19^ Cloudy 

Luncheon guests this noon included the Rev. Benjauir. P. 
Browne, Director of Promotion for the Baptist churches of Wassachusettj 
Dr. J. H. Telford of the American Baptist Mssion in Burma and ¥lss 
Susanne Rinck, teacher in the Baptist Missionary Trade School, Chicago. 


Wednesday, March 12, 1941 


Mr. Yc'-ung, headrf.c.3ter of the Beys School has taken some 
fine pictiires shovfing unusual places ejid things around the Inn. Te 
were looking their, over the other evening and ^-'icked this one as an 
interesting subject to readers of the Diary. The tablet is placed 
in^ the garden wall. Longfellow is shoivn in his younger da^'S. Tlae 
quotation is as follows: 

"Round this old fashioned, quaint abode 
Deep silence reigned" 

"And thj?ough the ancient oaks o'erhead 
Iirlysterious voices moaned and fled". 




Thursday', M^.i-ch 13, 194.1 Pleasant 

There has beer considerable excitement amonij scientists 
at Harvard ■ nd thereabouts because four ; crossbill finches 
have been seen. This bird has not been sighted in Nev: England since 
1S82. Dr. Ludlow Griscom describes the bird as having a slightly 
confused ai-pe£.rance, their cross bills making then look as though 
they 7;ere trying to go in t'vo directions at once. They eat nothing 
but pine cones, ^e are reirdnded of Longfellow's translation of -^-he 
German poei-i by Julio v-.s I^Iosen "The Legend of the Cross-Bill". In 
this the poet tells of the Cross bill which hovered on the Cross of 
the Saviour. 

"Stained .ith blood and ne^er tiring 

^ith its Desk, it doth not cease 

From the cross 'twould free the Saviour 

Its Creator's Son release 

/jid th^it bird is called the cross bill 

Covered all .vith blood so clear 

In the groves of pine it singeth 

Songs, like legends, strange to hear". 
In the region of the V'ayside Inn, a veritable bird sanauary, 
eyes and ears ill be alert for a glimpse of the cross bill which is the 
only bird in the World v.'ith a beak pointing both left and right and up 
and down. 

Friday, March 14, 1941 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cutler arrived frow Georgia about 10:30 this 
evening after a three-day trip by motor. They have been in Georgia since 
Februs.ry 22nd and enjoyed, very much, their trip up to New England - some 
parts of the coiontry which they had never seen before. They v/ill stay 
here a couple of days, then leave for Michigan. This was Mrs. Cutler* s 
first view of the Chapel since completion and Mr. Cutler, architect, 
looked it over once again. Both r<Ir. and Mrs. Cutler are fine artists. 
I/iTS . Cutler read us sever j^l of her poems - lovely thoughts c nd well 

Saturday, iSarch 15, 1941 Pleasant 

At dinner tine this evening there was an influx of guests such 
as you might encounter on a Saturday night in August. Betv/een 6 ond 7 
o'clock, many dinner parties arrived and one small group of three carae 
for the sole purpose of seeing the house. These v.ere three boys from the 
Massachusetts Institute of Teclinology. They spoke vdth a broken accent 
and ve learned that their hones are in Coliimbia, South America. Mr. and 
Mrs. Bov;ker appeared as usual bringing a large bunch of pale orange roses, 


Sunday, March 16, 19^ Cloudy 

A short man T.-ith a ruddy, smiling face appeared today v.nd re 
recognized him as a customer of several years ago. VJe remembered him 
as an editor, so asked him of what public?: tion. "The American Year 
Book" he said, then handed us a card. The card told his name and place: 
Filliam M. Schiller, New York City. The ye.-.r book is a kind of current 
American History book. It publishes the political and economic happen- 
ings in the United States over a 12 month period. It is, of course, a 
source of informjiction for librarians, statisticians -end research T7orkers, 
The circulation is betvreen three and four thousand. Mr. Scht^'lr told 
us thrit he had just seen the 194-0 edition come off the press "so I'm 
having my fling" he said. His "fling" consisted, in part, of a walk up 
Dutton Road end tea at the Wayside Inn - a place dear to his heaj:"t. 

Monday, March 17, 19^1 Cloudy 

A smell psxty in celebration of St. P.o tricks Day was held at 
the Inn this evening. Eight women from Hudson, Mass. enjoyed dinner 
then adjounred to the large Ball-room for card playing. 

The 17th of March will never be forgotten near Boston, as 
Evacuation Day - the day when 12,000 Loyalists in Revolutionary time, 
crowded into boats of every description and'^et sail froffi Boston for 
Halifax. Kenneth Roberts in his book: "Oliver Wiswell" paints a vivid 
picture as follows: 

"An hour later all of us, ships, bargues, barkentines, brigantines, 
brigs, schooners, sloops, pinks and longboats, moved out betv;een Beacon 
Isl&nd and Point Allerton, a vast armada, sails gleaming whitely in the 
warm sun, pennants fluttering, high color against the bright sky. It 
must have looked, to those on shore, like the gayest and greatest regatta 
ever held; but my dour heart saw no gaiety in thcit sailing. The far 
white dot that was our house faded from ray sight and that was ^^here Sally 
was I I was leaving her and leaving my own country, and how could a man 
who loved both leave either?" 

Tuesday, March 18, 19J!^1 Pleasant 

There is nothing special to report about the meeting of 
Professor Schell's group thds evening. They are men who always have an 
interestir^ time. In the old kitchen, after dinner, they may discuss the 
present War - or they may listen to a travel talk, or hear about a new 
developement in scientific research. Whatever the subject, the time is 
well spent, the evening made into a profitable, worth-while event. 
Professor Schell is, ofcoiirse, the leading spirit. He is a conscientious 
host and makes the Inn a temporary home for the group one evening each month. 


Wednesday, March 19, 19^1 Vandy 

The hostess stood on her toes, peered over the top of the Bar. 
In front of it stood a little boy and a little girl. They were asked what 
they w;jited to eat. Sister came first: "I want cold turkey" she said. 
Brother was next: " I want turkey - hot - a whole plate full and a. glass 
of milk". Brother turned to sister and in a scornful tone said: "You're 
like an eskimo, you like cold things." 

Thursday, March 20, 19A1 Pleasant 

For the past seven years Ito"S. Caldwell has spent her Birthday 
at the Wayside Inn. Her son brings her from Northboro in a large Lincoln 
car. Today Mrs. Caldwell is 79 years old. She came as usual. We ran to 
the kitchen, the cook frost'=id a small cake, put candles on it and by 
dessert time the stage was all set for a party. It was a very little party, 
tvfo people, a tiny cake. But Mrs. Caldwell's smile was big. She doesn't 
smile very often these days. The son married late - a widow with small 
children. More fa^^ily, more activity in the house. Nevertheless, 
Klrf .Caldwell at 79 is a lonely v/oman. 

Dr. Roberts is jolly. He comes to the Inn four or five times a 
year; has been coming for many years. Today he brought brushes and 
palette to paint the Mill. "I've left the old osteopath at home and 
brought the artist along, he called back gaily. Mrs. Roberts walked and 
read v/hile the doctor painfed. At three o'clock they cume in for a hearty 

Friday, March 21, 19/U Pleasant 

Preparations are under way for the wedding and reception to be 
held tomorrow; the wedding to take place in our new chapel, the reception 
at the Inn, 200 guests. The groom's father is Krirl Ullman, largest grower 
of gardenias in the World - with greenhouses at Northamption, Mass. We 
have been told that 500 gardenias vdll be used in the wedding decorations. 
Tonight the weddirg party assembled from various places in and out of the • 
state. A rehearsal was held at the Chapel late this evening. Groom and 
ushers stayed here overnight. 

Saturday, M-rch 22, 19A1 Pleasant 

Virginia Bowry graduated from our Southwest School in June, 1932. 
Today she Yms married in the Wayside Inn Chapel. The service was held at 
6 o'clock in the twilight of tliis warm Saturday afternoon. Soft music 
played, the scent of white gardenias filled the air. The guests assembled. 
Bridesmaids in pale colored taffeta dresses preceded the bride. Th- groom 
Mr. Karl Ullman, Jr. joined his bride at the altar for a short ceremony. 

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Satiirday, March 22 - continued 

The guests stood still, the minister *s voice was steady and clear. 
The serene dignity of the little Chapel on the "bill top, made a deep 
impression. Guests viere quiet as they left the room. They folloTved the 
newly married couple to the Inn where a reception vels held in the large 
Ball room. Supper vras served in the dining room below. We talked to the 
minister, the Reverend Leslie Barrett of the Congregational Church, Sudbury. 
We complimented him on the way in which he conducted the service: "I 
couldn't help but do well in that Chapel", he answered. 




}ir, and Iiirs. Karl 
Ullman, Jr. 

Details: The Bride wore: a gown of wh-lte net trimed with 

alencon lace with shite satin redingote and finger 
tip veil held in place vdth orange blossoms. She 
carried a shower boquet of bridal roses. 

Maid of Honor 
Bridesmaids : 

Miss Virginia Ellms, South Sudbury. 
Misses Helen Fennebresque of Upper Montclair, 
New Jersey, Barbara Clark of New York City 
Robert lO-lman of Northanpton, Mass. 
David Barrett, Parker Butler and Robert Brown of 
Northampton, P^ass., Donald Bowrj^ of Sudbury. 
Organist: Eleanor Goulding 

The Best man: 


Sxmday, March 23, 19^1 Pleasant 

The President of Tui'ts i^ollege in Medford, Massachusetts 
was a dinner guest today, coming with his wife and friends. He is 
Dr. Leonard Carmichael, a fine, tall young man and brilliant mind. He 
was here two years ago as guest at the Ministers Retreat. Vte were 
surprised when he spoke to his friends about the Inn. "Come out here 
to the old kitchen and see the jack for turning the Spit." Next he 
steered his group- to the Bar-room. He adopted an attitude of 
familiarity, informality and pride about the Inn which were were glad 
to see. 

Monday, March 2if, 19^1 Pleasant 

iiinma has been our cook for 16 years, Ji'or the past 2 or 3 
years ianma has been ailing. We knew it 'oy the way she walked. hVery 
now and then she would have a fall. Lately she has been clinging to 
chairs and tables as she worked from stove to sink, from si nk to 
pastry board. But would iiinma complain? Never. "Work, work, Mees 
Staple, I love work". This is what she said over and over today as 
she rested in a beautifiil room at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. 

The trip from Sudbury to Detroit was made overnight aboard 
a fast train. Miss Staples, hostess, was the lucky one chosen to 
accompany Emma. These two were comfortable indeed as they watched 
Mi^ssachusetts hills roll by from the windows of a drawing room. Night 
came on. The porter made up the berth while Emma watched. "They treat 
me like Princess" she said. Towards morning the train gave a lurch 
forward, ierked back and stopped. A streaia of words came forth - in a 
foreign language. I cpoke calmly, assured Emma that all was \irell. 
"Oh, my Godl I tink Hurricane come, strike my seester's bam. I say 
where I ami where I ami" 

The Michigan Central station at Detroit was cold and drab 
as Emma limped through it from train to automobile. She moved slowly 
and dug to the arm of her companion. The city was veiled in early 
morning mist and dampness. Old brick houses and dilapidated ware- 
houses lined the streets. "No white like home. Why no paint on houses?" 
Emma puzzled. We changed the subject and asked her; "In 7/hat language 
were you speaking when you cried out in the night?" Emma was quick - 
"Oh that? That some kind Slovak". 

Emma was bom in Austria, came to America when 12 years old. 
H5.6 been in the cooking service since she was 15 . Now she is a woman of 
65, maybe more. That is what she told the doctor vsihen he asked her age 
"sisty-five year, maybe more". "And what did your father die of?" contin- 
ued the handsome young man in white. "Nothing" - said the patient - "but 
he work awful hard. All his life he work hard. Just like me, I love 
work". A nurse fluttered around, "beautiful lady" murmured Emma. 

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Monday, March 24-, - continued 

One late afternoon, Emtna staggered to a chair, took down 
her tresses, prepared for the night. Her moderately high cheek bones, 
finely shaped nose and firm lips presented a lovely picture. In the 
twilight her golden hair lay straight over her shoulders. Carefully 
she rolled the ends on curling pins. It was time then for us to 
murnuner "Beautiful lady". Last when we saw Emma she was sitting up 
straight in the bed. Leaning slightly forward, she said in her 
sweet musical voice. "I tink Heaven no better than this. God my 
great Doctor. Meester Ford next." 

A great lady, Emma - and a great privilege to be with her 
on thisjoumey. Miss Staples will be ever grateftil for the opportunity 
offered to her.. After seeing Emma comfortably settled, she visited 
Greenfield Village, The Museum, Botsford Tavern, the River Houge Plant 
and many other places of interest in Dearborn and Detroit. 

Tuesday, ^arch. 25, 19^ Pleasant 

Spring tours for High School students have started. We 
remember our High School days when pennies were saved, plays given, 
fudge sold and all looked forward to a Spring trip to Washington. 
Today the boys and girls were on a tour from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
High School, They wanted their money spent in seeing New England. They 
came via Bus from Boston, 29 in number. 

Wednesday, ^arch 26, 19-41 Pleasant 

A ninety-one year old guest signed our Register book today. 
She was Sarah J. P att from Plymouth, Mass. Bornnin 1850, she called 
herself a "forty-niner". She visited the Inn, Mill, School and Chapel. 
Miss Fisher reports a very spry, chipper old lady. 

Thursday, March 27, 1941 Pleasant 

In the bay window of the old dining room are a few twigs from 
one of our lilac bushes. We brought them in about 2 weeks ago with 
tiny buds just peeping through. Today the buds are easily disceruable 
and are growing rapidly. A guest told us that blossoms will come 
seversQ. weeks before the out-door blossoms are due. We hope for good 
luck with them. 

i'riday, March 28, 1941 Pleasant 

As if to wake us from a peaceful slumber, the War sometimes 
cones to our very threshold. This week ti was broUi,ht to us by 
Mr. Patrick M. Buckley, a young sailor from Bristol, England. He 
reached America as a gunner aboard an oil tanker. But not without a 
terrifying experience. The oil tanker was torpedoed, Mr. Buckley 
rescued from a .life boat. 


Saturday, March 29, 1941 Pleasant 

Hiss Dodge from Wakefield, Mass. with 12 ladies sat in the old 
kitchen tonight and watched our Massie cook a dinner. The group came ar 
hour ahead of time, drew their chairs before the fireplace and found great 
enjoyment in seeing the roast of beef sizzling on the Spit and vegetables 
bubbling in iron pots for their evening meal. The red table cloth and 
red napkins were used as usual. We think this one of the most appreciative 
of our old kitchen dinner parties. 



Sunday, March 30, 19^ Pleasant 

The Diary has already recorded the fact that Emma - oxir cook - 
is in the Ford Hospital at Detroit. She was accompanied there by a 
kind of temporary nurse-companion, the TTriter of this Diar^'^ vrho returned 
to the Inn today. It was indeed a rare treat to go beyonc t.he Hudson 
River and to see the flat farm coimtry of Michigan. It Kajr a. beauty of 
its own, those broad acres wldch stretch for miles arovind a tiny farm 
house. The homes T^^ere made of wood snd many ivere shabby, buitt almost 
every one of them had a front porch - and a front porch is a symbol of 

Hearing Detroit with its maze of railroad tracks was like enter- 
ing any large city. But arriving in Dearborn was a unique experience. 
Smooth roads ond '^eat landscape, trim and simple landscape, was seen every- 
where. There was no clutter, no rush of people. Greenfield Village was 
quiet except for the soft clatter of horses hoofs on dirt roads. The horse? 
were hitched to an old carriage and from its tiny window Historj""; rolled by. 
Here was a shop for making pottery and there a jewelry store from the 
Cheapside district of London. Next, look at the charming shepherd's cottage 
made of stone and the dignified home of Noah Webster. Not story-book history 
this. These white shops and houses depict a peaceful history - too often 
neglected. They show homely industries and the simple home-life of peace 
loving people. Many are memorials to men who - from small beginnings - 
accomplished great things. 

17e could go on telling about the Museum, the beautiful Recreation 
building and fill innumerable pages of the Diary. But this is not a 
Greenfield Village Diarj'-l It is a record of happenings st the Wayside Inn. 
Our real purpose today, therefore, was to tell a little about a ver^-^ big 
opportunity which was offered to one member of the Y/ayside Irji family. 

Monday, March 31, 1941 Pleasant 

A load of 35 girl scouts arrived today from Oak Perk, River Forest, 
Pdverside and Berwyn, Illinois. They were conducted by Ben Anderson of the 
Nev' York Central Railway system and came from Boston in a Grey Line bus. 
These were a fine group of girls. Their teachers had given them permission to 
take a historical tour, an annual event. Last year they went to Denver, 
Colorado. Year before last to New Orleans. This year they chose to come to 
New England. The whole trip costs each girl about $50.00. Luncheon was 
enjoyed in our dining room and a trip through the house arranged under the 
guidance of Miss deMille. 


Tuesday, April 1, 1941 Pleasant 

The old print of Lord Timothy Dexter *s house in Newburyport, 
Mass. always excites interest among our guests when it is pointed out to 
them. Lord Timothy was the funny man who felt like a Lord end called him- 
self one. M?Jiy humorous stories are told of his life. His house, still 
standing, is one of the beautiful colonial mansions north of Boston. John 
P. Marquand wrote a biography of this fascinating character, but so long 
ago hardly anyone remembers it. A guest this evening, ?4r. Augustus P. 
Loring, Jr. noticed our print immediately on entering the Bar-room and told 
his lady- friend about it. He told us that the life of Lord Timothy Dexter 
was a kind of hobby witli him. He has read every book, knows every story, 
about the Newburyport gentleman. We wo^uldn't be surprised if sometime a 
book called "Lord Timothy Dexter" would be written by our young dinner guest. 

Wednesday, April 2, 1941 Cloudy 

Parents are wise when they do not allow their children to see too 
many different things at one time. V/e remember so well, the father who brought 
his boy and girl to the Inn to stay over night. In the evening the child- 
ren saw the Mary Lamb school, they heard about Longfellow and his connection 
with the Inn. They listened while the hostess explained every object in the 
Bar-room. Next morning the hostess offered to take the children to the Old 
Kitchen. The father refused the offer. Gently but firmly the explanation 
was made that the children had already seen enough. 'X'hey would as me back some 
time and see the kitchen - but not now when their minds were so full of 
other things. Tonight we met a wise mother. She was Mrs. Donald Ross of 
Cambridge who brought her small daughter and daughter's friend to spend one 
night at the Wayside Inn. "Don't try to tell them about things" said Mrs. 
Ross - "I want the girls to absorb the atmosphere slowly. I want them, for 
a few hours, to really live in the spirit of the olden time." 

Thursday, April 3, 1941 Pleasant 

Guests often take pleasure in recalling good «ld times spent at the 
Wayside Inn. 'X'hey remember being here 30 or 4-0 years ago. They speak of the 
Inn as one yjould his ancestral home. Thry tell you exactly what was served 
in the dining room. They repeat what so and so said, \7hat kind of a chair was 
drawn before the open fire - what tales w?re told. They cherish every nook 
and comer of the house. They go from room to room, remembering something 
here and something else there. LIr. Whiting, dinner guest this evening came hsB 
in the early 1900' s. He told of riding over the hill from Framingham Center 
on horrjeback. "I ^&s smitten on a girl at the tifejot' he said. "We used to 
ride over for dinner, admiring Mt. Nobscot on the way, I'ly great uncle, Alfred 
Ordway, painted a picture of Mt. Nobscot for me and I gave it to the girl I" 

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Thursdaj, April 3 - continued 

!,(r. ??hiting was very interested when he learned that Alfred Ordway 
used to be a member of the Paint and Clay Club - a Club \^ich held 
meetings at the Inn years ago. In the lower hall we have a small 
sketch showing members of the Club gathered in the Bar-room . I4r. 
IThi ting's great loncle is shown in the picttire. 

Friday, April U, 1941- Pleasant 

Our most notable Itmcheon guest this noon was Mr. Frank M. 
Buckman, leader of the Oxford Movement. Mr. Buckman left, for our 
library, a first edition of his most recent pamphlet called "You can 
defend America". He inscribed it "To the Wayside Inn with appreciation - 
Frank M. Buckman." In suggesting how each and every one of us can help 
in defending America, the booklet says: 

"America has already been invaded. Like parachute troops in 
the night, fear, hate and greed have slipped into our homes, our 
industries, our commimities. Like termites they are eating away our 
national character. The fight is on - the fight against our softness, 
graft, laziness, extravagance, buckpassing, materialism - - - You and 
130 million other' Americans can enlist today in this fight." 

Saturday, April 5, 19^ Pleasant 

The Hunt Potato Chip Co. of Braintree, Mass. is celebrating 
its 20th anniversary'- this year and tonight held a dinner at the Inn, The 
39 men and iromen T:ho came are employees of the company. Some brought wives 
and firends. \kc, Shelley a. Neal founded the company ^Jid is now general 
manager. He was seated at the head table and called on several men to 
make speeches. Later the party went up stairs to the large Ball room where 
a film giving the history of the Potato Chip industry, was shown. 


Sunday, April 6, 19^ Pleasant 

^e canH remember how long l&r, Houghton and his mother 
have been coming to the Inn for an early morning breakfast on a 
Sunday in the Spring. It is an annustl event. They have formerly 
come from out the highlands of Kentucky - a place which is reached 
only by mule team. Roads sxe deep in mud and almost no one comes 
in or goes out of the place for months at a time. But Mr. Houghton 
is doing a fine peice of wdk there - at Pippapass, Kentucky. He 
has helped in building a school for poor mountain folk. It is 
called the Caney Creek Community Center. This year the school is 
celebrating^ its 25th anniversary. Etr- Houghtofl is touring from one 
end of the United States to the other soliciting funds. He travels 
in an old Ford car, "by the way, which has been 90,000 miles. The 
school is supported entirely by private subscription. Certain 
people contribute year after year. ivtr. Houghton calls on these 
poople and tells them of the work being done. Mrs. Houghton goes 
along "A'ith her son and says that they look forv/ard the whole year to 
their Boston visit and breakfast at the Inn. 

Monday, April 7, 19-41 Pleasant 

Recent Remarks 

Hostess: "This house is 255 years old. 
Middle-aged man: "TOaewI Its the oldest house 
I've ever been in I" 

Elderly lady: "This house has a great deal of 
character, because it shows growth 
over a period of years." 

Guest speaking of Chapel: "The New England scene 
would be very different without the 
churches . " 

Young couple: "We have been away three yeoxs and 
have thought of this place so many 
times! May we come and have our Easter 
dinner with you?" 

Mother: "we were here Siinday and he (pointing to a 

small son) was entrancedl" 
Son to mother: "So jrere you." 

Tuesday, April 8, 1941 Pleasant 

Dinner guests this evening included a party of seven composed 
of 5 men and 2 women. The men, we gathered from the conversation, were 

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Tuesday, April 3 - continued 

connected -ith the airplane industry. They drove here from 
Providence, Rhode Isl Jid ajid returned in time to catch a 10 o'clock 
train. TJhen leaving the Inn, one of the men expressed a desire to 
come again sometime \7ith his family. Another gave a hasty glance towards 
the Bar-room, Parlor and Hall, then turned to the hostess and said: 
"We enjoyed the meal, but we enjoyed these other things even more." 

Wednesday, April 9, 1941 Pleasajit 

Western live-stock men, invited to Boston by Swift and 
Company were entertained this evening b^r a dinner at the Inn. Twenty- 
seven guests \7ere present. They represented 18 different states. 
After dinner a bus hurried the group back to Boston where they attended 
a theatre. 

Thursday, April 10, 19^+1 Pleasant 

V/ork on repairing the west side of the Inn has been completed. 
Rotted timbers have been replaced and new posts put in where needed, 
thereby strengthening the whole frame of the house. Also the entire 
west and south ends of the Inn have been insulated from cellar to attic. 
Rooms on the west side which have benefitted by the vrork are the 
Parlor, Washington Bed-room, Parsons and Longfellow bed-rooms. On the 
tb-ird floor, the Grain and Slave rooms. In the Parlor, guests enjoy 
glancing at the recently exposed rafters when the hostess quotes; 

"The firelight .... 

bronzed the rafters overhead" 

Friday, April 11, 19^ Pleasant 

In-between guests this afternoon, the hostess picked up a 
copy of Ford News and started reading "Aunt Banner's Herb Garden" hy 
Delia T. Lutes. The front door opened - a lady rushed in- "Do you 
have a picture of the Mil? I have a friend out in the car who is plan- 
ning to write a story about old mills". The hostess found a picture, 
asked the author's name. "Delia Lutes", came the answer. The hostess 
learned that the well known writer v^as unable to come into the Inn, so 
she went out to the car. Miss Lutes has been in Boston recently, in a 
hospital. She is now recuperating and promised to come to the Inn again 
in Jijne. We were thrilled indeed, to meet this woman who has written 
such charming stories of farm life in Michigan. She is now a regular 
contributor to the Ford News. 



Saturday* ^pril 12, 19^ Pleasant 

This Satiorday before Easter was a busy day and the evening 
a particularly busy time. Many people came in for dinner including a 
party of 10 v/ho had made a previous reservation for the old kitchen. 
They were young poeple of college age, chaperoned by Dr. and Mrs. 
L. M. S. Miner of Kewtonville. They came too late to see their dinner 
actually cooked over the open fire, but they ate heartily of the 
roast beef and steaming vegetables - served at the long trestle table. 

A nice couple from Bangor, Maine Vbr, and ^rs. Renel Kimball, 
stopped for the night on their way north from a winter in Florida. 



Sunday, April 13, 19A1 Warm, Pleasant 


The bell in the steeple of our little Chapel called friends, 
neighbors, boys -nd guests to an Easter service this afternoon at 
U o'clock. Every seat v/as taken. The boys from our school y;ere 
straight and dignified as they sat facing the audience. The organ 
played soft music. The sun was just beginning to go down in the 
west when the thrilling Easter music of "The Palms" was heard. 
Next CEone the Lord's Prayer, then a violin solo by Mss de^!ille. 
She played upon the instrument once omied by Ole Bull. Tlie Boys 
Choir gave an especially fine rendering of the two anthems chosen 
for them: "Sing Songs of Praise"and "Ye ?'atchers and Ye Holy Ones", 
Miss Fisheii' contributed greatly by singing "Open the Gates of the 
Temple". A boy, Robert ^augh, gave a short Easter talk called 
"Chrict is Risen" and a hymn "The Day oh Resurrection" closed the 

One person present tl;is afternoon vrho has been here on many 
special occasions, declared this Easter service to be one of the 
most beautiful events ever held at the Wayside Inn. 

Monday, April 14., 1941 Warm, pleasant 

A lone woman alighted from the Boston-Worcester Bus this 
noon time. She was probably 70 years old and walked slowly. She 
asked for luncheon, then sat do^n in a rocking chair and told her 
story. "I lost Mr. Langstroth a year ago", she said, "We used to 
stop here on our iray to Cape Cod every summer". The Ti?hole story Y;as 
told in those few words. Here was a guest to whom the Inn meant a 
great deal. Mny happy evenings spent here. An overnight stop at 
the Wayside Inn was a family tradition. Rlrs. L.^ngstroth was on a 
purely sentimental visit - to renew old memories snd associations. At 
luncheon she sat \sj herself, looking out over the brook and meadow 
towards the Mill. She sat there a long time. 

The Reverend E. F. McGregor, pastor of the First Congrega- 
tional Church, Korwalk, Conn, was here for dinner tonight with his 
young son. He told of preaching in the Martha-Mary Chapel, Greenfield 
Village at the time of the Kiwanis Convention a few years ago. 




Tuesday, April 15, 19^41 Pleasant 

•tive men came in for dinner tonight sind their conversation 
was primarily about the ne?r Ford Jeeps - the little -t'ord car T/'lch is 
being produced for use of the United States Army. Mr. Monks, who was 
one of the five men, is a Fo'd representative working T;ith Am^' men at 
Fort Devens, near here. 

Wednesday, April 16, 19-^1 Pleasant 

We generally confine our wiiting to the activities of 
guests within the Inn. Today we would like to tell of important 
doings of our guests vrhen away from the Inn. The guests chosen are 
Professor Ervdn Schell and i/ir, and Mrs, George N. Jeppson. 

Professoi Schell, "re learned from other members of the Schell 
group when they dined here last evening, ??as not in his usual place 
as host, because he had a dinner engagement vdth William S. Knudsen, 
director of defence production for the U. S. Government. 

Mr. and BJrs. Jeppson are Worcester people who come to the Inn 
for dinner quite frequently. They v/ere hosts to Prince Bertil, Swedish 
Prince, when he toured the United States in 1933. We recall that 
Mr. Jeppson greeted Prince Bertil at the Inn when the Prince and his 
party stopped here enroute to 7?orcester. Recently Mr. and Eilrs. Jeppson 
have given a fountain to the Worcester Art Museum. It is the work of 
Carl Milles, famous Swedish sculptor and is made of pewter - coated with 

Thursday, April 17, 19AX Pl^^sant 

A stocky little boy vrith fat legs and a slight lisp in 
speech, followed the hostess around the house today. He asked bright 
questions, forgot himself completely and was altogether a charming little 
guest. Going out the front door he had a piece of hard cancy in his mouth 
and in a lisping voice asked: "I'vhat would you take out of the Inn first 
in case of a fire?" The hostess said she would probably take the first 
thing at hand - a chair or table - all -^ere valuable. The boy answered 
quickly, put the csjidy in the side of his cheek: "I wouldn't. I'd take 
the bed in George Washington's room - you know - the one with the top on 
it - or wait a minute - I guess maybe I'd rather take the old spinitl" 

A gentleman guest at noon time showed us a kukui nut -rrhicli he 
had just brought from Honolulu. The nut is filled with a kind of oil which 
makes a practical burning fluid. Many years ago the nuts vere used as 


Friday, April 18, 19^ Pleasant 

When speaking of T^arming pans and foot stoves used in the old 
days, a guest tliis afternoon was reminded of an amusing ?tory. He said 
that in a book csJLled "Steeple among the Mils" written by an old Vermont 
minister, the author spent a night as guest in a back-woods Vermont farm 
in the ciiddle of the Winter. Climbing into bed between ice-cold sheets, the 
minister curled up into a knot and tried to sleep. All ni^ht he suffered 
with the cold. Early morning found the minister still in a knot near the 
head of the bed. ^en time to get up, the guest thought he would take one 
stre'ich - stretch his feet towards the bottom of the bed. When he c'id so- 
there - lo and behold - were several warm stones which the farm woman had 
pieced there early in the evening for the comfort of her guestl 

Saturday, April 19, 19^ Pleasant 


We think of the 19th of April as being oxn* special holiday. 
It has more significance to those of us at the Inn tlian any of the other 
holidays. Often the real meaning of a holiday is overlooked, ^at it 
stands for is forgotten. The 19th of April is the day i/hen we honor 
Colonel Ezekiel Howe, the Inn landlord who led Sudbury Minute Men to 
Concord in 1775* ^e tliink today of Paul P^evere and the story of his ride 
so well told by Longfellow in the "Tales of a Fayside Inn." One of our 
guests today expressed her reverence for the holiday and what it means 
■^0 the Inn by saying that she felt it her duty on every April 19th to come 
to the Wayside Inn. 

■*'his was a fine day, the sun warm and bright, the grass turning 
green and buds alive on ever;.' tree. Jfr. sjid Mrs. Albert Bates, here with 
a party of 10 to celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary, remarked that 
it was their good fortune to have the same kind of *:. day v;hen they 7;ere 
married - 50 years ago. Rlr. and Mrs. Bates live in Whitman, Massachusetts. 



Sunday, April 20, 19^ Pleasant 

Food for thought came in a renic.rk fron one of our guests today, 
She said: "After this War, America vill be the old country. Places like 
the Inn v/ill take on much more significance."- 

Monday, April 21 19-41 Pleas nut 

Eight little girls having a vacation from school this week, came 
to ibee the Inn this morning. They were from the Pomroy House, a community 
social center in West Newton, Mass* They registered as the "Girls Wood'vorking 
group". They went from the Inn to the sheep barn to see our baby lambs and 
goats - a great treat for city youngsters. 

We were charmed today by a little guest 8^ years old, named P-tience. 
She ^ore a blue sweater, yellow print dress and pink ribbons on her light 
braided hair. The ^jicture of her - for it was indeed a picture - sitting on the 
piano stool, feet dangling and tiny hands playing Bralm's Cradle Song - might easily 
have been a painting on canvas. Only the sweet, soft notes of the lullabj'" made us 
aware that the picture was alive I She played on our old spinet with a fine touch. 
Rer father had been a musician. He died 4- years ago. P"tience CFJne with her 
mother. They explained that their visit to the Inn was an event - because they 
came together. Usually m.other and daughter separated. Mother, a nurse, works 
in New York while ihe child lives with an aunt on Cape Cod. "But we write back 
and forth and do the best we can. We try to make every minute of every day count 
for something" said this brave woman. Patience Elizabeth Johnson. We vdll never 
forget the picture of her. Pink ribbons - tiny hands - Brahms Cradle Song. 

Tuesday, April 22, 19iU Pleasant 

Miss Sandstrom of the Newton Community Center came again this morning 
bringing 10 girls who signed themselves as "Jolly Maids". Such names as 
Adeline Vitti, Carmella Tambascio and Gloria Antonelli appeared on our guest book. 

A bride ^aid groom, married April 12th in the Greenfield Village Chapel 
reached the Inn yesterday on their honeymoon trip. They were Mr. and Mrs. Miles 
Hoisington. They remarked on the similarity of our chapel to the one at the 
Village, ^tr. Hoisington is connected with the telephone company in Detroit. 

A blind boy, -c'rederick Hayashi, from Puerto Rico, attending the 
Perkins Institution at Watertovvn, Mass. paid us a visit recently. He favored us 
with a selection on the old square piano in the Ball room. He practices S - 10 
hours a day. 

Wednesday, April 23, 19^ Pleasant 

A number of groups filled this day from morning until late evening. 

First came more girls - 9 in number - from the West Newton Commuraty 
Center. They registered as the Girls Tap Dance group. 

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At noon time, 21 members of the Maynard, Mass. Womens Club had 
luncheon served on the Porch« 

In the afternoon, the Wr:yside Inn Boys School was entertained by 
16 boys and girls from the Cheyenne Mountain School of Colorado Springs, 
Colorado. They danced old and interesting figures, such as the El Paso 
Schottische, the Spanish Mixer and the Irish Jig - in the large Ball room. 
Our boys joined in the Irisla Jig and enjoyed very nmch this dancing troupe 
which is on a tour <f the Unitd States. Dr. Lloyd Shaw, Principal of the 
Cheyenne High School has been giving instructions in Cowboy Danchg, Spanish 
Dancing and Old Folk dancing for twenty years. He does it for a hobby. 

The lastgroup to claim our attention meets at the Inn regularly 
once a jec-r. Vie call it "Ur. Fletcher's Group". lir. C. D. Fletcher is in 
charge and directs the group in old fashioned dancing. The dancing tonight 
was preceded, as usual, by dinner in thje large dining room. The 52 present 
were couples from Sudbury and surrounding towns. 

Thursday, April 2J+, 19^41 Pleasant 

Miss Sandstrom from the Pomroy House, brought another party of 
12 girls thJ.s morning. In the afternoon the Knitting group - 8 girls - 
under the leadership of lllss Gertrude Mac Galium csjae from the same place. 

Students in the Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, ^ass. 
112 in number, made their annual historic tour today and arrived at the Inn about 
5:30 F. M. 

Spring, beautiful Springl Its here in all its soft, green glory. 
The sun is warm. Guests sit on the porch and almost whisper "Its so beautiful 
here". More sun, more green every day and more ^ests. People have a yearn- 
ing to be out-of-doors. They want to go somev/here. They come to the Inn 
bringing friends and relatives. Many stroll in the garden or walk to the 
Chapel. The TJayside Inn-ers themselves have caught the same urge to be out. It 
is probably a form of Spring Fever and contagiausl Any?;ay, yesterday we had 
a day out. We went to Salem, the place of witchcraft. We drove along the 
North Shore line of Boston and stoiped at a Summer resort which fronts the ocean, 
^e went into an antique shop. The owner -feftJiked - not of pioneer pine and maple 
furniture - no-b of Sandwich glass. She displayed all kinds of oriental wares - 
Satsumi vases and Bokhara rugs. She showed us Chinese leaves painted "by hnnd 
and etched brass, teakwood stands and|lovely old oyster plates. Here ^?ere old 
household f\irnishings typical of a New England sea port town, "^ankee sea captains 
brought them from foreigh ports. In S-iem and its environs can be found 
quantities of such articles. Very few elegant pieces, such as we saw today, 
found their way over rocky roads to inland farms. It was an interesting comparison. 

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Thursday, April ZU - continued 

There, on the sea coadt, were homes rich in oriental splendor, while 
here in Sudbury, only fifty miles a7;ay, the Howe family were still using 
heavy, plain pewter, simple straight chairs and rag rugs. Once a week we have 
a day nut. Spring and Summer it is spent somev;here away from the Inn. This 
was ou^ first Spring excursion. 

Friday, April 25, 19^ Pleasant 

The American College of Physcians has been holding a convention in 
Boston this T.'eek. Starting Monday and continuing through today many doctors 
and their wives from far-off places in the United States, have visited the 
Inn. They have been good listeners and brought with them a good sense of 
humor. Today -re took great pleasure in meeting Dr. and filrs. Ensign and their 
young son from the Henry Ford Hospital. Little Jim Ensign liked the old 
wooden thing s in the Kitchen. A lady in the same party, noticing his 
enthisiasm, advised him: "Young man you ought to take up wood carving" she 

Saturday, April 26, 1941 Pleasant 

A long, narrow table stretching from one end of the old kitchen to 
the other, provided places foor 27 guests ho sat down to an old kitchen 
dinner this evening. The party was under the direction of Dr. Leroy Miner, 
Dean of the H:jrvard Dental School. The occasion was a me-- ting of the Board of 
Directors of the Good Teeth Council for School Cliildren, Inc. Our guests were 
men well known in the field of dentistry and public health. Among those 
present ere doctors from the University of California, the University of 
Illinois and Dr. Sumwall, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University 
of Michigan and Health Director for the state of Michigan. After dinner v.-e 
heard a loud, clear voice beginning: "One Autumn night in ^udbury town" and 
continue on through the Prelude in the "Tales of a Yfayside". A Miss H^le 
v/as the reader. The grtap sat a long time before the open fire and listened. 


Sunday, April 27, 19^^ Cloudy 

Girls of High School age belonging to Girl Scouts were on 
their way at an early hour this morning from Springfield, Mass. to 
Gloucester. Gloucester is the famous fishing port where the girls 
wanted to see the schooner "Yankee" «hich was due to dock today after 
a trip around the World. A large bus carrying the ^2 girls stopped 
here ehroute. The girls had a brief tour through the house. 

"I'm almost a perennial. I've been coming here for 7 years" 
Thus spoke the teacher in charge of 27 students from the New Haven 
State Teachers College. They came today at about noon time and had a 
trip through the house. The teacher went on to say that the students 
gleaned a lot from the Inn for History, Literature and Art classes. 

A wedding party with dinner for 65 quests was held this 
evening in oTir large dining room. The newly :narried couple were 
Mr. and BJrs. Guy E. Simeone from Y^altham, Mass. 

Monday, April 28, 19^ Pleasant 

A pretty girl is Miss ^elen Warden v:ho lives in Sudbury and 
attends Boston University. She is the student who cajne here about a 
year and a half ago and wrote a fine composition for her English class 
about the old kitchen. TheProfessor marked her paper A"*". Today Miss 
Warden asked for material to use in her study of retailing. She h&s 
changed her course of study and now expects to be a store worker. She 
wanted information about old furniture and furnishings. Being a wise 
young lady she chose just a few important pieces such as the Hutch 
table, Betty lamp, spinet and wodden dishes to write about. 

Tv;o Sisters from St. Patricks Convent in Lawrence, Mass. 
brought UU school boys to see the house and to have limcheon here today. 
Boys are inclined to be noisy and impatient, but under Miss deMille's 
able guidance they remained quiet throughout the whole visit. From the 
dining room came the same report: "vary well behaved youngsters". 

Women of HEurvard University, wives of students and professors, 
have a Newcomers Club. This afternoon the newcomers, numbering about 
20 came to the Inn for tea. 

Tuesday, April 29, 19^^- Pleasant 

Nothing in particular happened today, but members of the Inn 
family in all departments 'vere "on their toes" evory minute of the day. 
The hum of guests coming to see the house or to have a meal or to do 

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Tuesday, April 29 - continued 

both, did not cease all through the evening. At 8:30 a bus load 
of 4-0 pupils from the Popular Science High School Brookfield, Mass. 




^^ng You." 

—Patsy Whited. 


Patsy Whited, shown above with her trick 
pony was one of our young guests today. 




Wednesday, April 30, 19^ Pleasant 

Our guests often speak their appreciation of the Inn and of 
thejstory we tell abaut it. Many times, however, the remark is not 
made directly to the one who has told the story. Today, for instance, 
a very nice compliment - one of the best we have ever had - came in 
a round-about way. A hostess, explaining the Parlor to a group of 
people, noticed two ladies who joined the group for only a few minutes, 
then left. The two ladies later spoke to another hostess i One of 
then said; "The story I heard in the Parlor was just as delicious to 
my ears as good music". 

Thursday, May 1, 19^ Cloudy 

A birthday party was held this evening by seven middle- 
aged people from Dedham, Mass. The guests were seated at a table near 
the fireplace in the old Dining Room and a birthday cake - bright 
with lighted candles - was brought in at dessert time. 

Two groups of nine each - school teachers - enjoyed the Inn 
this evening. One group was under the leadership of Miss Sheehan, the 
other was directed by Miss Erickson. Both groups had dinner here. 

Friday May 2, 1941 Rain 

Dinner and overnight guests this evening sat in the large 
Ball roan and watched the dancing class. Among the dinner guests was 
a little old lady who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her son is 
a Dean at William and Mary College. She whispered in our ear: "Inn 
some ways I like the Wayside Inn better than Williamsburg. This is 
genuinely old " . 

Staying overnight were Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Cannon who were 
here about a year and a half ago. They so enjoyed the dancing class 
that they returned to see it again tonight. Mr. Cannon came into the 
Bar-room after the class and gave us some very interesting information 
about guns and rifles. He explained the difference between the two 
and said that only a few men in the Revolutionary War were ec^oipped with 
rifles. Rogers Rangers carried rifles, also Morgan's Riflemen. 

Saturday, May 3, 194.1 Pleasant 

Head . . . Home 
Heart . . Health 

ii.-H Clubs play an important part in the life of farm youngstas. 
They provide contests and exhibitions to show what young farm folks can 
do, they provide wholesome social activities and stress home handcraft 
work. It is a fine organization and we were pleased this evening when 

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Saturday, May 3 - continued 

25 boys and girls from A-h. Clubs in Hampshire County wanted to 
have dinner at the Wayside Inn. They started early this morning on a 
sight-seeing trip to Boston, Concord, Lexington and finally wound up 
their day with dinner here. The County Club agent, Mr. Benton P^ 
Cummings, who accompanied the grou>,told us that these members are 
older boys and girls who help out with the Clubs anywhere they are 
needed in the county. "Taey serve on committees and make halpful 
suggestions to new ^-H workers. They are the Service Club. Hampshire 
County is situated in about the center of Massachusetts, ^ome of the 
boys and girls had never seen the ocean. Many had never seenithe Inn. 
The tour through the house was enjoyed, thoroughly. All expressed a 
desire to come again. It was too late and too dark when the group 
left, to see the Redstone School, the farm animals and the Mil. 

Another important group today was brought by Mr. Milton G. 
Fisher of Worcester, Mass. who is most certainly a Wayside Inn perennial! 
Mr. Fisher has come regularly year after year through May and June. 
He brings with him children from the Worcester public schools. This 
morning the group numbered 70 boys and girls. 

Other groins today were: 

Herbert H. Wesbey of Providence, R. I. with 25 pupils from the 
Roger Williams Junior High School. 

Troop 27, Boy Scouts from Linclon, Mass. 17 scouts. 

Rev. and Mrs. Wallace G. Fiske with party. of 21 from First 
Universalist Chiorch School, Haverhill, Mass. 


Sunday, May U, 19^ Cloudy 

We were grieved greatly, to learn today of the death of 
\tc» Sumner Bass Pearmain, He was a near and dear neighbor. He lived 
in the great house, like an Italian villa, over the hill towards 
Framingham. Mr. Pearmain spent summers there and often came to the Inn 
for lunch while getting the house ready for occupancy. We remember one 
time when he came and asked, jokingly, if v/e v.ould like to come up 
and help him wash windows and scrub floors I Sometimes he v:ould have 
a distinguished guest from abroad. He would bring friends and show 
them the Inn as if he knew and loved every corner of it, which he did. 
A dear person was E5r. Pearmain. His death, last Thursday, is the 
sadder because he leaves a vdfe who has been ill in bed for several 
years. Mr. Pearmain was 32 years old. He retried in 1927 after a fin- 
ancial career of over half a century. His daughter is Mrs. E. Sohier 
Welch and his grandson, E. Sohier Welch, Jr. is one of our devoted 
Wayside Inn friends. 

The death of another neighbor occured on April 13. She was 
Miss Sarah E. Pratt who lived at the old Pratts J'ill on Dutton Road. 
She was 85 years old and was active all her life in many church and 
town affairs. For 30 years she was treasu rer of the Wayside Inn Chapter 
of the D.A.R. 

Monday, May 5, 19-41 Partly cloTidy 

Until today, our idea of a refugee was a poorly-clad person, thin, 
ill and dejected. We changed the picture tI-J.s afternoon when we met a portly, 
richly dressed lady in the hallway who announced: "I*m a refugee". On her 
fingers -':ere several large diamonds and a car with chaiiffeur waited at the 
door. "I lived in England 4-0 years", she went on to say "animy daughter 
married a Frenchman". We suggested that she was fortunate now to be safe in 
America. "Yes", she continued - "and I had a '"onderful reception vrher. I came 
back". The conversation switched to the Inn and our guest was enthused about 
the old time atmosphere. She knew that her part-French grandchildren who 
are in Boston too, would be interested to see the Mary Lamb School. She 
promised to bring them here in the near future. Refugees, yes. All are 
refugees in War regardless of race or creed. We are reminded of Longfellow's 
lines in "Keramos": 

"For some must follow and some command 
Though all are made of clay". 

Tuesday, Mry 6, 1941 Pleasant 

More groups today and all were made up of women who, through the 
year, have been organized into clubs. Ifeny of these small clubs do a real service 
to the members and to out-siders. They help poor families, sew for hospitals 
and assist in other kinds of social work in their own communities. The final 
club meeting is often held at some neaxly Inn or tea room. The following chose 
to come to the Wayside Inn for luncheon: 

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Tuesday, May 6 - continued 

Franklin, Mass - Mrs. P. S. Crowell with 16 women 

Maiden, Mass. - Mrs. Mildred V. Eorggren \7ith 

S women from the Oriental Rug Class 
Division of Old and New 

Grafton, Mass. - Grafton Womens' Club, Mrs. Ernest Hey with 
31 women. 

Mrs. O'Brien, a guest here over a period of years, came again 
today and told us that last December she brought an old lady to the Inn - 
SO years old, an inmate of an old ladies home. The old lady had been long- 
ing for a piece of real old fashioned mince pie. The only kind served at 
the Home was green tomato mince. !Ars. O'Brien brought her friend to the 
Inn where they serve, as she said, "the best mince, pie in the country". 
The old lady had her longed-for piece of pie. Mrs. O'Brien added that she 
was particularly glad to have done this little thing because the lady she 
brought here has recently passed awaty. 

Wednesday, May 7, 1941 Very warm 

Strains of music from a harp, reached our ears this afternoon 
as Miss Artias DeVolt entertained 64. members of the Sudbury Womens Club 
in the large Ball room. Movies were also shown of the state convention 
of Womens Clubs held in Swampscott last suxiimer. The program was preceded 
by luncheon, served in the large dining room. It was a day of friendly and 
neighborly conversation and greetings. The Inn folk knov; many of the 
Sudbury women. The Sudburj'- people know the Inn. They feel free to 
make themselves at home. Consequently a very good time was had by all. 

Miss Weaver, teacher of the deaf for over 4-0 years, brought tv;o 
of her pupils to visit the Inn today. Last week she bf-ought four girls. 
They came from the Horace Mann School, Boston. 

Thursday, May 8, 19^1 Partlycloudy 

We had the pleasure today of meeting Miss Ethel V. Hoye, nurse 
frop the Henry Ford Hospital who brought our Emma back to Massachusetts. 
Miss Hoye was here for lunch. She went through the Inn and saw places of 
interest outside. We were surprised at her knowledge of old things until 
we lecirned that she was bom and brought up in New England. At four o' 
clock. Miss Hoye was met by her sister. She planned to spend the night at 
her sister's home. We are glad that Emma is safely near us and all are 
looking forward to seeing her at the Inn again soon. 


Friday, May 9, 19-41 Claudy 

Another day of many small groups. The prettiest party was 
a wedding dinner with large cake in the center of the table and an 
abmidance of flowers. This was arranged by Mrs. W. F. Rieser of Bel- 
mont, Mass. for- 17 guests. Another party of special interest was 
given by Mr. Pease, manager of the Somervllle branch of the Ford Motor 
Company. His guests, numbering sevea, viere served in the old kitchen. 
Dinner was cooked there. Probably the last Old Kitchen dinner for the 
season. Other groups this evening were as follows: 

Mrs. C. P. Paul - 4- at 7:30 P. M. 
Mr. Brew - 6 at 7:30 P.M. 
Mr. Harold Woodbury 4- at 6 P. M. 

Saturday, May 10, 1941. Rain 

Every year we look forward to the dancers from Welle sley. 
These are Wellesley College Professors (v;omen) who dance the English 
Folk dances. They attend a class all through the Winter under the 
direction of Miss E. K. Wells, ^he last dance is turned into a party. 
High tea Is served and our large Ball room is reserved. It is the only 
time we have an opportionity to see tlds type of dancing and to compare 
it with the American folk dancing taught by our Mr. Haynes. They form 
arches and pass under in a graceful way. Their steps are sometimes 
lively and sometimes slow. Best of all, the ladies are smiling and 
gay as they dance, 'i'hey seem to enjoy themselves thoroughly and laugh 
when a mistake is made. Miss Griggs v;ho comes here for Breakfast several 
times during the college year, is a member of this group. She told is 
today, before the dancing started: "we are not expert dancers but we 
have lots and lots of fun". 


Smida7, May 11, 19^1 Cold 

Many moth^s came to the Inn today, fathers and brothers 
and sisters, too. But all were honoring the mother of the family. 
Mother was the center of attraction with usually a single flower or 
corsage pinned to the lapel of her coat. It was a day when mothers 
and grandmothers and babies and small children "^vere seen in large 
groups. A middle aged woman escorting an elderly lady turned to the 
hostess and said: "This is my Mothers Day gift to my mother - dinner 
at the Wayside Inn. She studied Lori^ellow when a girl". Another 
elderly lady was strioggling up the stairway alone. The hostess took 
her arm, helped her up. At the top of the stairs two daughters 
appeared. They expressed their appreciation to the hostess this way: 
"Thank you for being kind to our mother". 

Monday, May 12, 19^ Pleasant 

Emma is home, in her room at the Gate House and a fine look- 
ing Emma is she. She walks without hesitation. Her step is strong 
and steady. Over and over she says: "I'm all well, dalin»". She 
points to her mouth "new teeth" - she says, then points to her eyes, 
"new glass". She came this afternoon and stayed dressed up. She kept 
on her white lace collar and gold chain and walked over to the 
Inn for supper. We made her sit upsteirs instead of in the kitchen. 
The night v/atchman shook hands. All were glad to see Emma. She will 
be back in the kitchen tomorrow, making apple pies, happy in her work 
and thinking of her long trip and fine treatment at the Henry Ford 
Hospital. "Nurses all angels" she says "I never forget what that man 
and woman (Mr. and Mrs. Ford) do for me. Never forget". 

We arrived at the Inn this morning Justin time to see 
Miss Leland from Framingham with 30 boys and girls, each carrying paper 
and drawing pencil. Some perched themselves on chairs in the old 
dining room and drew a picture of the crane and tea kettle near the 
fireplace. Others used chair seats as tables and one small boy lay 
flat on his stomach making a drawing of the old rush light. The Inn 
was turned into an Art class-room. Miss Leland teaches art in the 
Framingham Public Schools and each year brings a group of children 
who make pictures of the things which most appeal to th'^m. One year 
she sent us a few of the drawings. We remember childish pictures of 
the Spinning wheel, warming pan and pewter tankards. 


Tuesday, May 13, 1941 Pleasant 

New England women are scattered all over the United States 
and in many cities are formed into clubs. For instance there is a 
Nev: York Colony of New England Women and a Chicago Colony. Thfse sire 
women who can prove that their ancestors Yr^.re in New England before 
1780. This week the National Association of Ne-J England Women has been 
meeting in Boston. President of the Boston Colony is Ijirs. John J. 
Erwin who arranged for the convention delegates to come to the Inn for 
dinner this evening. About 175 were served, then adjourned to the large 
Ball room where moving pictures were shown, Souveniers, at each place 
on the dining tables, ^ere miniature bean pots filled with candy beans. 

Wednesday, May 14., 19^^ Pleasant 

This is lilac and lily time. Both are in blossom. Around 
the front of the house you see white and lavender lilacs. In the 
garden are several beds of large lilies-of-the-walley. And everywhere 
a sweet aroma of both lilacs and lilies fills the air. A guest re- 
marked about it tonight. He was a Mr. Allen v;ho comes here once in a 
while from hi? farm at Bedford, New Hampshire. He is a fine looking man - 
a little beyond middle age - a city man now retired to the country. We 
know from the way he spoke about his daughter in college that he is not 
without sentiment. As a boy he was taken to a maiden aunt's house every 
Spring. "There" said Mr. Allen, "I remember that same odor - like in your 
garden. It was the odor of lilacs and lilies". 

Thursday, May 15, 1941 Pleasant 

An attractive young woman from California told us today that 
she had come East to meet her husband. Lieutenant Commander Neiman who 
is returning to Boston on Sunday next with the ?yrd antarctic expedition. 
We didn't realize that this last of the ^yrd expeditions was for the 
purpose of evacimting 44 scientiests who have been working near the 
South Pole since 1939* This trip, which ends Sunday, has been sponsored 
by the U. S. Navy. Mrs. Neiman said that her husband went in the capacity 
of Communications Officer. 

Another very attractive yoimg woman spoke to us today about 
the picture of Longfellow in the Parlor. The picture was made in 1360 
and shows the poet without a beard. The woman said that the picture re- 
mineded her of Juarez, former President of Mexico, whose history was 
recently portrayed in a moving picture. Our guest spoke in a familiar 
way about several present day moving pictures and actors and actresses. 
We ventured to ask if she were an actress herself. "Not well 'mown" 
she said "but I have done dramatic work on the radio. My name is Emily 


Friday, May 16, 19-41 Pleasant 

Those who saw the stage play "Reimion in Vienna" will remember 
that the story deals '.vith the royal families in Etirope. Havinglost 
power and riches, they assembled in Vienna for a reunion. We were re- 
minded today of the circumstances, only we would call our 19A1 play, 
"Reunion in America". Yesterday we entertained a Prince, a Turkish 
prince. He fled from Turkey to France in the first World War. In the 
present war, the Prince left France for a place of refuge in the United 
States. Today a European Princess cane along. She was Princess Lobkoviez 
a guest of a family attending the 75th anniversary of the Fay School at 
South boro, Mass. She was a charming woman, democratic and gracious in 
every way. 

Not long ago a young man appeared about supper time with four 
small boys. He asked to see the Mill. "The boys will be very disappointed 
if they don't see it" he said. We learned that they were boys from a 
settlement house in Boston, so ws took key in hand and escorted them to the 
Mill. Better than the Mill, the boys liked running in the fields. They 
climbed over the stone walls and ran to the brook. "These boys never have 
a chance to get out in the country" the young man explained. "They are 
from the Elizabeth Peabody House and I promised a long time ago to bring 
them to the Waysid Inn.". The boys followed the hostesss back to the Inn 
and spent only a few minutes looking through the rooms. Their supper was 
waiting in Boston. Today, the same four boys came back, bringing six .jore 
boys with them. They too, were city boys and pleased at the sight of green 
fields and winding brooks. 

Saturday, May 17, 19^1 Pleasant 

Before 10 o'clock tids morning L4C school children had seen 
the Inn and were on their way to Boston to see other historic houses. 
They came in four groups from four different schools; one from the 
Junior High School at Millbury, Mass., one from the Gilbertville , Mass. 
Grammar School and two groups were from the Worcester schools. 

Two little girls with their parents were overnight guests and 
this morning had a great treat. In the stump of a tree on the front 
lawn, Madame Cat - tv;o week s ago - made a home for her four babies. The 
girls :iiscovered the family shortly after breakfast. They told us about 
their own kittens in Connecticut and thought oTor fovtr would make a pleasant 
addition to their already large cat family. A box was found, new mown 
grass laid for a mattress and the girls, parents and kittens Eenie, Meanie, 
Mynie and Mow - all went merrily on their way. 

The Athena Club of Dorchester, Mass. numbering 18 women were 
here this afternoon for tea. Their reservation was made under the name 
of Mrs. Jane B. Settle. 



Siinday, May 18, 19^ Pleasant 

The only woman Senator in the state of New York, vis: ted the 
Inn today. She represents, in the State legislature, three northern 
New York counties. Her name is Graves and she spoke of principal 
cities in her district as Malone snd Ogdensburg, She was a bright woman 
and made several interesting remarks as she went along .vith a large 
group to see the house. 

Last Sunday we neglected to record the visit of Bishop 
William Lawrence. In Massachusetts, the Bishop a'-Na.ys means Bishop 
Lawrence. He is 90 years old. Sometime a^o he decidf^d that the Mass- 
achusetts General Hospital needed a Chapel; a place for rest, relaxa- 
tion and spiritual refreshment. He wrote hundreds of letters himself 
in an effort to raise $50,000. He got it. The Chapel has been built. 
An editorial in the Boston Herald goes on to say: 

"The Bishop has performed a gracious little 
deed, the significance of ?:hich is not in- 
dicated by the relatively small sum raised, 
with effectiveness, dignity and sweetness. 
People have rallied behind him this time as 
formerly because of admiration and affection 
and complete confidence in his combination 
of qualities known as character. It is that 
which endears him to the hearts of the people 
and touches their pocket nerves -ithout pain- 
ing them". 

Monday, May 19, 19^ Pleasant 

Today v.-e heard an interesting story about ovx Wayside Inn 
Chapel. Barbara Giles, pupil in the Southwest school, went yesterday to 
Mt. Wauchuse-^t which is about 20 wiles distant. The fanily took a picnic 
lunch and enjoyed the day and the surrounding landscape from a high 
point on this lovely Massachusetts mountain. "We saw the Martha-Mary 
Chapel from the very top of the mountain", Barbara enthusiastically told 
Miss Fisher. Miss Fisher asked if the Chapel was seen through binoculars 
or with the naked eye. "No, we didn't have glasses" said Barbara, "but 
we are very sure we saw the right steeple. It was just a tiny speck?l 

Tuesday, May 20, 19^ Pleasant 

A nice little family of four, registered from a middle 
western state, then Tent through the house rather hurridly. They 
heard just a little about each room - and ^ver'^e soon on their way out the 
front door. Father lingered after the others had gone. He wanted to 
tell us why they had stopped to see the Wayside Inn. He put it this way; 

"The reason we came here was because my 
daughter's music teacher told her not to 
miss the Wayside Inn. She is so fond of 
her music teacher she has been perstering 
us all the way from Concored to hurry up 
and get here". 


TTednesday, May 21, ^941 Pleasant 

Miss Caroline Woodruff fron Castleton, Vermont is buiding 
what she calls a Friendship Wall. Stones in the wall are froiri homes 
of friends and from historical places. Miss Woodruff stopped here today 
in order to add to her wall a stone from the Wayside Inn. This will 
be stone No. 93 • The wall contains stones frora the hones of five 
Presidents and will have one soon from the home of President Coolidge. 

Thursday, May 22, 19^1 Pleasant 

Post cards come to the Wayside Inn and :)ost cards go from the 
Wayside Inn every day. Post cards come asking for information: "What 
do you serve in the Inn dining room?". How old is the house?", "Can 
we spend the night there?" - are ty^-dcal questions asked. Sometimes 
a post card brings us some inter sting information such as one which 
was recieved today addressed to the "Young lady at the Desk". This was 
the message: 

"In regard to Monticello - The eagle in the 
hall ceiling, ?irith its eighteen stars, must 
date from after the admission of the state 
of Louisana in 1312. This was spoken of on 
our visit to the Inn on April 28." 

And everyday post cards go from the Inn. The following was 
inscribed on an out-going card recently: 

"Get out your Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside 
Inn and then add an excellent dinner sur- 
rounded by antiques -and lovely peTrter. Thats 
us tonight". 

Friday, May 23, 19^ Pleasant 

The dancing class this afternoon was a fine spectacle to 
see. Mary Lamb children and boys sjid girls from the Southwest School 
Joined together in doing the old fashioned dances. Legs, like tiny 

spindles with clean v.'hite socks and black patent leather _.jumps, tripped 
over the smooth floor with short, baby-like steps, while the older boys 
in first long trousers glided aroimd the room with the greatest of ease as 
if eager to do the next step just a little before the music announced itl 
Mr. Haynes gave a talk on walking; how to walk gracefully, straight and 
easily. He asked that the boys escort their partners to their seats, 
slowly. We heard him tell one of the youngest not to dance with the same 
girl all of the time, but to dance with other girls so as to have a variety 
of partners and more practice. The Varsovienne followed the Quadrille. 
The Quadrille, by the way, was executed to perfection. Even the smallest 
Mary Lamb, a first grader, interpreted the calls correctly the minute they 
were given. Not one needed to prompted as to vrhat step belonged to what 
dance. All were familiar with names and calls and music. The afternoon 
sun poured in the Ballroom windows. Ivtr. Haynes was in a fresh white suit; 
Miss Fisher at the piano. A great opportunity was unfolding itself to these 
country-bred boys and girls. 


Saturday, May 2^, 19-41 Pleasant 

A de^j.' old couple came for luncheon today .jid told us thc.t they 
had spent their honeymoon here. It was in ?ilr. Lemon's time. On a moon- 
lit evening ^r. Lemon hitched some "nags" to a team - according to our guests - 
nnd all took a ride to Fraraingham. "Now" - continued Mrs. DeanJi you go 
to Fraraingham in a fer minutes. In those days our ride took nearly all night 1 " 
Both Mr. and ^s. Dean (Walter Dean) v;e-e very jolly and talked at length about 
the good times they used to hare here, roasting chestnuts etc. Mr. Dean 
told a good story about a man 7?ho inquired of a waitress in a restaurant: 
"Have you coffee like Mother used to make?" "Oh, yes", said the waitress. "Then 
bring me tea" - ordered the customer. 

Groups this v-:eek have been the following; 

Pupils of /jnherst, N. H. 7th Grade 
17 students 

Bolton, Mass. Junior High School 
6 students 

Downing St. School, Worcester, Mass. 
33 students 

Monson, Mass. High School; graduating class 
33 students 

Hampden Consolidated School 
53 students 



Sunday, May 25, 19^^! Jleasant 

Te vrere carried back into Revolutionary days this 
afternoon when a man in the garb of a Revolutionary'- soldier sat on 
the settle in the Bar-room. The firelight shone on his high, 
black boots and the brilliant red trim on his tailed coat made a 
striking contrast against the dark paint of the usually sombre room. 
In his hand he held a three cornered black hat. Guests stared at 
the sight of this picturesque figure. They were confused for a 
minute and wondered in just what century they were livingl We , too, 
felt a tinge of excitement. The man belonged here, he fitted into 
the picture. We looked at him from afar off as if he had lived here 
for years and years and we were intruders! Everyone else seemed out 
of place. Our guest was a member of the Sons of the American Revol- 
ution and of the Sons of the War of 1812. The latter society held 
a memorial service in the Ralph Adams Cram Chapel in Sudbury Center 
early this evening and after it^ came to the Inn for dinner - about 
85 in all. 

Monday, May 26, 19^1 Pleasant 

After a tour through the house an elderly gentleman pre- 
sented his card which told us that he was formerly a member of the 
Kew York State Legislatiire . Fortunately v/e remembered Mrs. Graves, 
State Senator from Np-" York who visited the Inn recently and asked 
our guest today (Mr. Herbert A. Bartholomew of Whitehall, N.Y. ) if 
he knew Mrs. Graves. "Yes, indeed. I've known her for years" said 
Mr. Bartholomew. This led ot finding out a great deal more about 
both of our distinguished guests,'}^. Mr. Bartholomew served under 
three New York governors - Franklin Roosevelt, Al Smith and Governor 
Lehman. "And" - added this bright old gentleman, "Al Smith was the 

Tuesday, May 27, 19^ Pleasant 

Seldom do we see the Way.ide Inn Fraters in-between 
Retreats. Most of them live in idstant places - all are busy ^'ith 
parish duties. There is one exception, however. Dr. van Schaick. He 
makes a special point of coming to the Inn a few times during the 
year. Today he arrived on the Boston bus at 12:4.5, ret\imed on the 
bus leaving an hour later. He came for no special reason, but in a 
spirit of good will and friendship. This morning we received a short 
note from "Dr. John" vjhich reads as follows: 

"I spent an hour at Longfellow's grave coming there 
from the old Inn. The flame azalia was still in 
bloom therr* and other lovely shrubs. Ernest lies 
there and -Charlie, Mar^'- Potter and Frances Apple ton 
Longfellow. Yes and Alice too. Tv^here are two babies 
they must have lost. It is a lovely spot near the main 
entrance on a hill". 


Wednesday, May 28, 1941 Cloudy 

A real old Russian peasant woman expressed her appreciation of 
the Inn and its simple furnishings by telling the hostess that she had 
beautiful furniture too. When she came from Russia in 1905, she was poor, 
so could not go to the stores. She was obliged to buy from second hand 
dealers and therefore picked up many beautiful things similar to those she 
had used in Russia. She is so glad today that she has her beautiful things 
from homes and not the ugly things from the stores. 

America, she said, is a beautiful country. Here, everyone is 
appreciated. To explain her words, she took from her handbag a newspaper 
clipping telling of a Benjamin Gelerman who had just won the Jeremy Belknap 
prize of $50.00 for the best French composition written by a Harvard freshraan. 
When the hostess had read this, our guest said: "That is my grandson". 
She added that his father, her son, had graduated from Harvard College with- 
out paying one cent ttiition. His expenses were paid entirely by scholarships. 

Thursday, May 29, 19^ Pleasant 

An old custom which we have never read about or heard about before, 
was brought to our attention today by a guest who said that old timers a 
htindred or more years ago, used to fasten a pair of slippers to the wall near 
the fireplace. In the evening, after the days work was done, heavy boots were 
discarded and tired feet vrere placeJiin the slippers. Picture, sitting in a 
low, easy chair with feet against the wall and no chance of the slippers 
slipping I 

A born and bred Michigan farmer enjoyed the Inn this evening. He 
gave us some information about Mchigan crops, saying that he raises ^ots 
of beets and carrots, then buries them in the ground for winter use. "In 
that way we have fresh vegetables all the year 'round. They're awful good", 
he said. 

A wreath was placed on the grave of Mary Sawyer T^ler at Mount 
Auburn Cemetery today. This was done as a fitting recognition of her part 
as Mary in the poem of "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Pictures v;ere taken which 
will appear in a future Diary. 

Friday, May 30, 19^L Pleasant 


The American flag Jung over the front door of the Inn on this 
beautiful Memorial Day and welcomed many visitors to this ancient hostelry. 

Among those who came during the afternoon was Mr. E. Di Wright, 
director of Boys Club work for the city of Detroit. 

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Friday, May 30 - continued 

Mr. and TJIrs. Parker McCollester and daughter Ann were 
overnight guests tonight. They were on their way to see Mr. McCollester' s 
father, Dr. Lse S. McCollester member of the Wayr.ide Inn Fraters group 
and formerly minister in Detroit. He is at present at the old family 
homestead in Claremont, New Hampshire. 

Saturday, May 31, 19A1 Pleasant 

Miscellaneoiis News 

In "Little Rogue's Moon", Robert W, Chambers describes an old 
time Bar-room, His Bar-room corresponds in almost every detail to the 
Wayside Inn Bar-room - according to a recent guest. 

Minister: "?Tie steeple on yourMartha-Mary Chapel is an in- 
spiration every time I pass it. It is the nearest to perfection of any 
steeple I have ever seen". 

Small boy telling Mother about our com sheller which he had 
seen on a previous visit: "That is a Missionary' Barrel". (The corn 
sheller is a hollow tree stump) 

Stephen Foster's name has been placed in New York University's 
great Hall of Fame. The Boston Post comments: "Jazz, swing band, and 
similar tunes come and go, but the melodies of "Stwanee River" and "My 
Old Kentucky Home" will live forever". 

A sweet little girl of about 10 years played upon our Spinet 
in the Parlor. We told her we thought she played very -nicely. "Yes," 
she said, "but I struck the last note wrong" I 


Sunday, Jione 1, 1941- Pleasant 


Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Gardner, retired U. S. Army, told 
us that he settled an estate in Brooklyn, Conn, several years ago - "We 
had all kinds of old things to dispose of',' he said, "spinning wheels, 
old chairs, tables and bureaus. I heard a lot about this place at that 
time and I've been wanting to come here ever since". 

Mr. Ambrose ^^Talker's grandfather, Amasa, was present at the 
ceremony of the laying of the corner-stone of Bunker Hill Monument in 
1825. lAr. Walker has a letter written by Amasa to his brother deSTib'ng 
the festivities. He sopke of the coach in vvlilch Lafayette rode. (The 
coach belonged to Governor Eustis and is now preserved in the coach house 
at the Wayside Inn) . 

Monday, June 2, 1941 Pleasant 

The Director of the Connecticut Valley Historical Society 
located at Springfield, Mass. was a tea guest txxis afternoon. His name 
is Adams - an elderly gentleman and slightly hard of hearing. He 
bragged, in fun, about an old piano in his collection: "If s just as 
good as your piano in the Parlor", he said. 

The "King's Daughters" society reminds us of a sewing bee. 
For years members of the "King's Daughters" have sewed for needy families 
hospitals and the like. They are an established group in many small 
towns and cities. This evening the Kings Daughters of Grafton, Mass. 
ended their season's work with dinner at the Wayside Inn. After dinner, 
the 22 ladies enjoyed a conducted tour through the house. 

"We have enjoyed coming to the Inn as usual. Our party here 
is really the best one of the". With these words Miss Hood, teacher 
at the Framinghan Normal School, expressed her appreciation. She was in 
charge of the pary tonight I'Vliich included 32 members of the Normal School 
faculty. Every year the teachers, headed by the Principal, Mr. Martin F. 
O'Connor, come to the Inn for dinner - and every year the tables are 
placed in a U shape at the far end of the large dining room. After dinner 
there is an intimate, informatl program jf talks and music. It brings 
principal and teachers into a closer bond of friendship and cooperation. 
This is what we feel is accomplished then this particular grou^.^ dines hers 
Miss Hood didnot say just this, but she showed in her eyes the deep and 
sincere thanks she felt for the privilege of having an annual get-together 
at the ?/ay3ide Inn. 


Tuesday, Jime 3, 19-41 Pleasant 

One of the prettiest parties e have seen here in a long tiae 
took place this evening Then 30 teachers from the Runkle School in 
Brookline, Mass. honored their retiring principal. Miss Edith Wright. 
As the guests assembled on the front la^vn around six o'clock, the sun 
sent long shadows across the smooth, green carpet. Lovely ladies 
dressed in pale pink and deep blue, bri^'ht yellow and soft lavender 
moved in clusters urderneath the large old trees. In the background a 
sombre stone Wcxll blended into the picture and across the road, the 
barn, with doors wide open, added its note of rxiral warmth and friend- 
liness. Inside the house, a special committee placed boquets of summer 
flowers on the dinner tables and at each place' put a hand made program and 
an appropriate favor - the programs made by children of the Runkle 
School. At dessert time, a cake appeared - the most interesting cake we 
have ever seen. The icing v^as colored and shaped into a picture of the 
Runkle School. Red bricks, green trees, every window, the belfry on the 
roof - it was there in every detail, the very school building 7;here Miss 
Wright has taught for the past 22 years. Around the cake were little 
figures of boys and girls at play - some held rackets and balls in a game 
of tennis - others -..'ere playing baseball. Underneath this fancy frosting 
was a really delicious chocolate cake.. Miss Wright's favorite kind. We 
understood too, that a very fine ^/ift was to be presented to htis beloved 
teacher - a hand wrought piece of jewelry. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Wells and Miss Barbara Tifells - mother and 
father and daughter of Linton Wells, news commentator on the i'brd 
Sunday evening Summer Hour, were luncheon guests today. 

Wednesday, June 4,, 19^1 Pleasant 


A little girl sitting on the piano stool in the Parlor, played 
a few notes, then turned to her audience and gave the title of her 
piece: "The Angels Song", she said. Then she played a few more notes, 
turned around and announced: "The Bells". 

A guest from California went through the house, then came to 

the Bar to pay his admission and to order luncheon. Y/hen told it vras 

not necessary to pay admission when having luncheon, he said: "I declare, 
this is the nearest to Heaven of any place I've ever found." 

A lone woman on her way to see her husband at Fort Devens, 
stopped here to have dinner. In the old kitchen she saw the Clock Jack 
for turning the Spit. "We had a spit for turning meat in our yard in West 
Virginia", she said "My husband made a wheel -."liich y;as turned bv water 
power from a stream nearby. This turned the spit slowly eno'^gh to prevent 
the juices from dripping out of the meat. The meat was basted as it 


Thursday, J\me 5, 1941 Pleasant 

Our Diary this vieek reads like the Society page of a 
newspaper - liancheons, dinners c-nd special parties nearly every day. 
Today, the largest group entertained in our dining room was from the 
Medford, Mass. High School. Both men and v;omen teachers, numbering 
about 70, closed their school year with a dinner, followed oy a short 
program and a trip through the Inn. 

Friday, June 6, 1941 Pleasant 

One hundred and four women, everyone a past president of a 
womans club, met here for luncheon this noon. They 7<ere served in the 
large dining room and later were entertained in the large Ball-room. One 
lade told us that she always enjoyed this particular affair very much, 
because it was never a formal meeting. The luncheon was arranged by a 
small committee, the entertainment provided, no business allowed. For 
these women, who generally assume many rrsponsibilities, the luncheon 
was a pleasurable, carefree event. A chorous of womens voices, recruited 
from small towns in this vicinity and directed by the music teacher in 
the schools of Acton, Mass., rendered several fine selections. At the end, 
we heard the notes of the Star Spangled Banner and saw the hundred women 
rise to their feet. From the door of the Ball room we saw several v/ith 
tears in their eyes. Never have the words meant more, as the women sang 
them loudly and heartily: 

"0 say,- does that Star Spangled Banner 

yet wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home 
of the brave." 

Tree planting exercises were held at the Miirtha-''^ary Chapel 
this morning by our Redstone and Southwest sciiools. Two maple trees v;ere 
planted on the left hand side as you enter the building. The ceremonies 
closed with the singing of "America the Beautiful". 

Saturday, June 7, 1941 Pleasant 

'^'he most interesting froup to record today, was the one from the 
Norwood, Mass. Junior High School. The following nationalities were rep- 
resented by the children from this industrial town near Boston. 
Norwegian Finnish English 

Swedish Lithuanian Irish 

Danish Greek Italian 


Other graips which visited the Inn today are listed below: 

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Saturday, June 7, 19^1 - continued 

Miss Margaret McAuliffee with 34. boys and girls from the 
Middlesex Ave. Schoo, Worcester. 

Mr. Fisher with 30 pupils of the Grafton St. School, Worcester. 

^ir. Hector Ferguson, Brookline, Mass. with 25 members of the 
Ferguson Triangle of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, Boston. 

Rev. Lafjrence Wesley Abbott with 28 members of the Hoslindale 
Unitarian Junior Church. 


Sunday, June S, 19^^! Pleasant 

The General Manager of the Eastern Division of the Western 
Union Telegraph Co., I«tr. W. S. ^Fowler and wife, left this morning 
after spending two days v.dLth us. They spoke of visiting Greenfield 
Village as guests of LIr. Ford. The Western Union has made contribu- 
tions of early telegraph equipment to the Edison Institute Museum. 

A genial old gentleman and his daughter re-appeared this 
morning in time for breakfast. They v/ere heee a few days ago and have 
since been touring on Cap>e Cod. Now thqy- are bound for Oregon where 
their home is in Portland, The daughter, a stocky, serious young 
woman, recieved an M.D. Degree from Yale early this month. "Public 
Health" said the father, "and she»s the best girl in the World." 

We can't pronounce his name, but we'll spell it for you. 
Ildefonso Falcao, Consul from Brazil. He was a guest tri evening, 
accompanied by 6 students froir. Harvard College. 

St. Arjie's Church in So. Lincoln, Mass. was represented to- 
day by 16 boys and girls v;ho came to see the Inn and surroundings 
during the afternoon. 

A blind woman from Minneapolis with a nice young lady as com- 
panion, stopped at the Inn today. In spite of the many people here, a 
hostess was able to devote considerable time to this guest v.'ho could 
only feel and heor. She felt the shape and size of almost every object. 
She listened attentively to descriptions and remembered every date and 
detail concerning the house. 

Monday, June 9, 19^1 Pleasant 

The wedding of JJiss Margaret Mason and Mr. i!kiv;ard Motley, Jr. 
took place today in the First Pc.rish Church of Weston, Mass. After the 
ceremony, a reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mason in 
Dedham, Mass. Then the couple motored to the Inn where both the "Jerusha" 
and "Garden" rooms were reserved for them. 

For years, children of the Cottage St. School, Pawtucket, R. I. 
have taken an annual Bus trip. A visit is made to historical places in 
Boston, Lexington and Concord. Tben the tour continues from Concord 
to the Wayside Inn. Everj-- year the children themselves earn money to pay 
for the trip. Usually they give a Minstrel Show. Today they told us 
that the money for their 19^ "trip, $135.00, was raised hy selling pea- 
nuts. Nine bushel were sold at 5 cents a bag (4500 bags). After that 
they had to stop. The city of Pavrtucket became Jjeanut conscious; 4500 
bags v/ere plentyl Consequently these youngsters had their historical 
holiday Tfdthout taking one penny from their own pockets. 



Tuesday, June 10, 1941 Pleasant 

Tremont Temple, Baptist Church in Boston is a large city church 
with a choir of 70 voices. Every year the church entertaines the 
choir; pays for a dinner and entertainment. This year a reservation 
was made ..t the Wayside Inn for June 10. The party came this evenii:g, 
105 in number. This included members of the choir, deacons, influential 
people in the church and invited guests. All sat down to a roast beef 
dinner in the large dining room at 7 P. M. 

Miss Legate froK Ra^iph Waldo itoersons home in Concord brought 
5 friends for luncheon today. 

Wednesday, June 11, 1941 Pleasant 

There were groups today yes, and many visitors who came to see 
the Inn, but we are not going to write about them. For a change we 
want to tell about some New JLngland Trade M.xks. This is the title of 
an article T?Mch appears in the current issue of Old New England, the 
magazine published by the Society for the Preservation of Nev, England 
Antiquities. Mr. Ford is a State Vice President of the society. The Trade 
Marks as described, are familiar landmarks seen more frequently in this 
part of the country than any hwere else. For instance, fixm houses vvith 
connecting sheds and barns, garrison houses, well sweeps and covered bridges. 
Pictures of the water wheel at our Grist Mill and a Wayside Inn lapp post 
illustrate the descriptions of old New England Trade Bilairks. 

Thursday, June 12, 1941 Pleasant 

Five groups vvere scheduled to dine here today. All came. The 
largest was from Maiden, Mass., teachers in the schools there. After 
dinner, served to 140, the men and -^romen went to the large Ball room where 
an especially fine musical program was given. It was under the direction 
of the Studio Singers. Right off, they began with "There'll always be an 
England" - each singer a professional. Rarely have v/e heard such beautiful 
singing. Other groups enjoying dinner here this evening were more private 
in nature, that is - arranged Isy inflividuals for families and friends. 
These were as follows: 

Miss Katherine Fox, Stoneham, Mass. 13 in party 

IJIrs. J. P. Quinn, Jr., Cambridge, Mass. 13 in party 

Mrs. C. Higley, Cambridge, Mass. 13 in party 

Mrs. Peggy Davis, Framingham, Mass. I3 in party 



Thursday, June 12 - continued 

Many people came today who were not associated with dinner 
groups, but interested in knoTdng the history of the house. When a hostess 
suggested that she was tiring her ^-uests by giving too much history, a fine 
loolcing man s^joke up: "No, please go on - thats what we are here for, 
we want to knov/ more". It wasathrilling moment this evening when two such 
interested visitors discovered that they had met each other years ago in 
Biiffalo, New York, Mrs. Templeton and Mrs. Stoner* Both live in Buffalo 
and both are in New England at the present time to attend Commencement ex- 
ercises. With Mrs. Templeton vera her two daughters. Miss Mary, a docent 
in the Buffalo Museum of Science who said to the hostess: "Come to Buffalo 
and I'll show you how we tell people about our Museum" - and the younger 
Templeton girl, just tts week receiving her Masters Degree from Harvard. 
Mr. and Mrs. Stoner were accompanied by their son, a graduate - a few days 
ago from Princeton. Ejy his side stood a sweet girl graduate from the 
Julliard School of Music in New York. These attractive young people and 
parents from the same city had much to talk about and spent a long and jolly 
time together in the Parlor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Phelps K. Tracy spent their honeymoon here and 
tonight retTirned for their ^.th consecutive anniversay dinner. They are 
living in Foxboro, Mass. and have two children. 

Aino Saari who gives "Character Portrayals" was a guest today. 
She presents historical characters such as Clara Barton and Mary Stuart, 
Queen of Scotland. 

Friday, June 13, 19^^ Cloudy 

We glanced at the group passing by the Bar. Our eyes rested on 
a bright handkerchief. It was tied over the head and under the cliin of a 
young visitor. Airplanes in bright colors v/ere flying over a xAte background. 
On the corner of the scarf we ?/ere able to read: "Douglas Dive Bomber". 
When our guest turned her head, we could decipher "Qurtis Attack Plane" and 
"An American Observation Plane". On the tip end, a large brown emblem 
designated the U. S. Army Aviation Corps. Here was headgear symbolic of 19A11 
Not a mournful black bonnet like in the Lincoln era, nor yet a large hat 
with plumes as seen in the gay nineties, but merely a small handkerchief scarf. 
Its decoration, however, was highly significant. Airplanes better than any- 
thing else represent the spirit of the times. Picture Samuel Howe returning 
and finding airplanes displayed on the head of a guest in the very Bar-room 
of his friendly, jjeaceful Tavern I He would have to be told that airplanes are 
not used in War only, but as a means of transportation, a great contrast to the 
slow ways of travel in 1686. Or Colonel Eaekiel Howe - He fought at Concord 
to preserve the liberty and freedom of an American people. He vrauld learn 
that battles in the present day are fought in the air. And as in 1775, he 
would declare himself ready to answer his country* s call. Time marches on - 
or should we say, flys on. A piece of cloth -,7ith airplanes thereon. This 
surely belongs in the history of the Wayside Inn. 


Friday, June 13 - continued 

Seniors, graduating from the Wayside Inn Boys School, gathered 
here for dinner this evening. They were seated .t one long table with 
Mr. and Mrs. Sennott, Mr. and Mrs. Young and members of the school staff. 
There are 12 graduates this year. 

Saturday, June 14, 1941 Cloudy 

The history of the Wayside Inn, the Clock Jack, the Sap Bucket, 
the Spinet, all faded into the background today as two lovely brides 
fluttered through the house. The first bride was Miss Elizabeth Flumere 
who married Dr. Joseph Aieta, The ceremony, in St. Bridgets Church, 
Framingham Center, was followed by a Wedding Breakf ist in our large Dining 
room. The Breakfast was really a dinner and the guests stayed long after 
the noon hour. Little cellophane bags filled with small white candies were 
distributed among the guests. We asked the significance of the candies 
and were told it was an Italian custom; that an Italian wedding is not 
complete without them. The bride made all of her guests feel very much at 
home. She talked and walked among them in the traditional white satin 
gown and carried a prayer book tied with white ribbon and lavender orchids. 

In the late afternoon, the Martha-Mary Chapel was the scene of 
a wedding, the third since the Chapel has been open. This time the bride 
was Miss Eleanor Frances Marie '^est, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gustaf West 
of Worcester, Mass. The groom was Mr. John Atlee Hertz of Bethlehem, Pa. 
About 75 guests attended the ceremony which was a beautiful occasion in 
the setting of the flower decorated chapel. Afterwards the guests came to the 
Inn where a reception was held in the large Ball-room. Refreshments were 
served from a long table in the center of which was a wedding cake. This 
was cut by the bride. Then she threw her boquet and last we saw of her, 
she came down the front stairway smiling, to greet her husband and to start 
on a wedding trip. Mr. and Mrs. Hertz will make their home in Bethlehem, 
where Mr. Hertz is working for the Bethlehem Steel Co. They met in 
Cambridge, Mass. when the bride was attending Radcliffe College and the 
groom doing graduate work at Harvard. 

This evening, the Natick High School Class of 1901 hrld its 40th 
reiinion here. The 76 guests stayed late at the dinner tables, each one 
telling what he or she had done during the past 40 years. 





Sunday, June 15, 19^1 Pleasant 

A well dressed, middle-aged woman played upon the Spinet 
in the Parlor a few days ago. She played a short, Mozart selection; 
very appropriate for the little piano. We learned that our guest 
teaches music; gives piano lessons. A family from the middle West, 
today, told us that the Inn had been recommended to them by a music 
teacher. "We met her on our tour of Concord" they said - "and she 
told us not to miss this, it was the best place she had seen. She 
was greatly thrilled at having the opportunity to play upon your old 

A woman told us of her interest in Longfellow and how much 
she had enjoyed the story of the Parlor - "You see I'm from Seattle, 
Washington" she said - "and I've taught History and American 
Literature for years". 

Monday, June 16, 19^ Pleasant 

Ministers and their wives from Methuen, Mass. honored two 
of their number here tonight by giving a dinner in the small dining 
room. The two honor guests were elderly gentlemen; retiring after 
nearly fifty years of ministerial service. Dinner was announced by 
ringing an old cow bell. The grou^ had strayed to the Chapel and Mill. 
The Rev. E. W. A. Jenkinson, in charge of the party, ran down the 
road, cow bell in hand. He rang it loud and long. It made a good 
old fashioned country sound ™liich said plainly that dinner was ready. 
The guests came hurrying from every direction. 

The Homemakers Club frosi Fitchburg, Mass. had luncheon 
here today and a meeting followed in the large Ball-room. It closed 
with the singing of "God Bless America". The thirty ladies then came 
down stairs to be shown throiigh the house. Purpose of the Club - 
explained one of the members, is to help each other with all kinds of 
hone problems. 

Tuesday, June 17, 19^1 Pleasant 

We enjoyed meeting today, Mr. and l^c» R. W. Mitchell, he 
connected ^7ith Sales in the Milwaukee Branch of the Ford Motor Co. 

Eight interesting gentlemen came for liincheon today. They 
were Dutchmen. They came from Holland on the same ship with the 
Princess Juliana. They are Holland business men (largest manufacturers 
of Dutch radios) and have established new headauarters in New York 
City. Most of them spoke English; all understood it. They liked the part 
Longfellow played in the history of the Inn. They told us that many 
of the furnishings here are similar in character to those seen in old 
Dutch homes. 

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Tuesc'a/, Jione 17 - continued 

Tonight the large Ball room was the scene of one of the 
prettiest parties ever held here. Best of all, it was our own partyl 
That is, it v;as arranged tiy our Mary Lajnb and Southwest Schools. It 
was a dancing party. Parents were invitede The children wore their 
best clothes. An orchestra played dance tunes and ice cream and cake were 
served. But the picture, made oy the children as they took their places 
on the shiny, smooth floor, was one which we will never forget. The 
tiniest tot, little David ICittridge, in white linen suit - was watched 
by everyone ~ unbeknown to himi He had a hard time keeping his eyes open 
and his feet moving. Thanks to his partner - a dainty little miss in 
pink organdy, he was steered aro\md to do the right step at the right time. 
All were as proficient in one dance as in another - a quadrille or the 
Duchess. Guests looking on after dinner were fascinated and stayed 'till 
the last waltz was played - not at midnight, but at the very late hour (for 
these dancers) of 9:30. 

Wednesday, June IS, 1941 Very pleasant, warm 

Mother at old Bar: "What are your rates here for staying 

overnight? " 
Small daughter, about 6 yefirs old: "I'll loan you the money, 

mora, if you want to stay." 

The Neal C. Wood family from California arrived at the Inn 
recently, four in number. The birthday of father and daughter is 
February 27 (Longfellow's birthday). 

Hostess: "This wafer iron shows 16 stars on the seal of the 
United States. Would anyone know which was tlie 16 th state in the Union?" 
English Refugee child; "Tennessee" (which is correct) 

Thursday, June 19, 19^1 Warm 

Forty years ago, Longfellow's works v/ere read the country over, in every 
village, in every city. The poet was known to every school child. A book 
of his poems was a fa-iliar sight in every hcine. It was just forty years ago 
that a group of men and women in Cincinnati, Ohio founded a literary club and 
called it the W.I.T. Club, the letters meaning Ws^yside Inn Tales. Today we were 
honored by a visit from Dr. and tirs. Dieckmann, charter members of the club. They 
told us that all the original menbers have stayed together these forty years. 
This year, however, for the first time, they were imfortunate in -losing a member. 
For short, they call themselves "Wits". 


Friday, June 20, 1941 Very warm 

Our old friends the Tauck Toiars arrived today for the first 
time this season. We viere anxiously awaiting their arrival, wondering if 
Joe would be in his usual place as driver and Kaufie as conductor. Sure 
enough, there they were and a rousing hadnshake '^e had from both. They 
brought nearly 30 people today and the usual procediire was followed. The 
;;,-roup is taken throu'jh the first-floor rooiiis of the house before luncheon. 
Luncheon is served on the Porch, Then the group spends a short time in 
looking around the second floor rooms. At 2 o* clock they walk to the Mary Lamb 
school house where a "session" is held, Joe plays the part of the pet pupil 
bringing the "teacher" an apple, while Kaufie is the proverbial bad boy. The 
class ends with the singing of School Days. This afternoon for the very first 
time, the "Taucks" visited the Chapel. This will be included in their program 
from now on through the Summer. They come every Friday and go from here to 
Greenfield, Mass, 

Saturday, June 21, 19-41 Ver;>'- warm 

The Graduation Ball this evening ended a week of graduation 
festivities held for the Wayside Inn Schools. Diplomas were awarded at 
Commencement exercises held in the Chapel on Thiorsday evening and a grad- 
uation dinner was given on Wednesday, The Ball is the gay, social event. 
The large "^11 room is decorated, an orchestra is engaged and the young 
ladies wear formal evening gowns. It is gay in appearance, but underneath we 
feel a note of sadness. The boys are leaving, good byes are being said. It 
is the last time we are all together, boys, friends, Wayside Inn staff. To- 
night was the same, except for a larger graduation class, twelve boys. In 
spite of the extremely high temperature, the dancing went on - a ver^' pretty 
sight, but- the time finally came when the very last waltz was played. 


Sunday, J\me 22, 19^1 Pleasant 

Tv/o English sailors paid a visit to the Inn today - and 
they were proud indeed to be froiii His Majesty's Ship "Rodney". The 
Rodney is now in Boston undergoing repairs. It came over after 
sinkjjig the large Geriaan battleship "Bismark". Sailors from the 
Rodney are great heroes in the eyes of Bostohiansiand are being en- 
tertained in royal fashion. Our two guests were Jim 7fest from 
Darlington, England and Tom Walm^sly from Preston, Lancashire. 

Monday, June 23, 19AX Pleas rjit 

We all enjoyed, very much, the librarians who flocked to the 
Inn this evening to partake of a chicken dinner. They carae 192 -"Strong, 
graduates of the Columbia University Scbol of Ldbrary Science. Some 
came in evening dress, others in street clothes. Some came from libraries 
employing a large staff of workers while others wore sole librarians 
from small town libraries. All are in Boston attending a convention of 
the American Library Association. It is this kind of group, people 
interested in history and literature, which derives a great deal of 
pleasure from the Inn. Vte gain as much pleasure cy having the privilege 
of showing it to them. 

Tuesday, June 2^, 19^ Pleasant 

The Metz automobile is a thng of the past, as is the 10 
seated bicycle. Both were made by a man whose name was Metz. His 
son was here today and introduced himself as Mr. Walter Metz. We 
learned that the Metz 10 seated bicycle is the one on exhibition in the 
Edison Institute Museiom. 

Wednesday, June 25, 1941 Pleasant 

First rhymn written by Longfellow when a very little boy: 

"Mr. Phinney had a turnip 
And it grew and it grew and it 
grew behind the barn 
And the turnip dii no harm." 

Guest: "The Chapel is so restful in this weary World" 

A school group which has ke^t together for over 4.0 years visited 
the Inn recently. They were 8 women, all graduates of Westland Academy, 
now 7/ilbraham AcadenQr near Springfield, Mass. These 3 "girls" are now 
grandmothers. They stopped at the Inn on their way from a reunion house 
party held at R^e Beach, New Hampshire. 


Thursday, June 26, 19^ Pleasant 

The Keramos Jug in the Parlor led one of our guests today, 
to tell us that home is in East Liverpool, Ohio - called the pottery 
center of the World. The town is on the border of West Virginia and 
boasts that it produces a large share of all pottery sold in the United 
States. The name of the East Liverpool High School publication is 
"Keramos". Keracios, we have learned since the pitcher was presented to 
the Inn, is the Greek word for ceraxaic. Longfellow's poem "Keramos" was 
published in 1880. The jug with Longfellow's portrait and verse from the 
poem engraved upon it, was made by Wedgwood in England. Our guest will 
now have an interesting story ot carry back to East Liverpool, especially 
to editors of the school paper "Keramos". 

"For some must follow and 
some command 
Though all are made of clay" 

From Longfellow's "Keramos" 

Friday, June 27, 19^ Warm 

Lovely yoiong ladies, all v;ives of men doing research work at 
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were here for tea this afternoon. 
They were practically all strangers to each other and strangers in tliis 
locality* They have given up their owf homes , their owi^ friends and 
familiar surroundings to be -.vith theft husbands in the importaint work being 
done. It is Defense work. Hundr^^is of the nation's best scientists have 
recently come to "Tech" from al3 parts of the United States. These particular 
women were from the Radiation Group - their husbands experimenting in certain 
phases of Aviation. There were 33 who sat down to a hearty tea served on the 
porch. This was preceded by a trip through the house. Many said when leaving 
that they planned to come back. They asked about meals, night lodging, ho\irs 
and prices. 

Saturday, June 28, 19-41 Very very warm 

Large busses filled .'dth women from the Business and Professional 
Womens Republican Club of Massachusetts stopped ut our gate early this 
afternoon and-depositl^ed 300 women who v/ere scheduled to have dinner here at 
6 o'clock. It being extremely warm, the v/omen spent most of the afternoon 
out-of-doors sitting on the verandas, stone v/olls and in chairs under the 
trees. It v/as too warm to move around much. Those who liad not beeii here 
before, made the tour through the house. Some walked to the school and 
Mill. Most of the ti.-ne, however, was spent in tryihg to keep cool. Large 
pitchers of ice water with paper cups were installed at various points. All 
were glad when the call came that dinner was ready. Towards evening there 
was "^ome relief and by the time dinner vras over and the group ready to return 
"to their homes, everyone felt much more comfortable. There is hardly 
anj'thing else to say about' the day except to report on the weathei which 
seemed to be the chif concern of the majority of guests. 



Sunday, June 29, 19^ .Warm 

These long suinmer days bring o^portimities galore; 
opportiinities for service to our guests. It may be to carry a rose 
to poor Mrs. Smith lying in bed, or it may be to pass the dish 
of candy to a child. Whatever little service given, it fulfills 
an opportunity offered. 

Best of all services, re think, is that rendered to the 
families, the school teachers, the housewives and the working girls 
who come from far distances to see the Wayside Inn during their 
vacation periods. 

We recall the faii-ily from Salt LJie City, Utah, which 
arrived '.t 8 o'clock on a recent Sunday morning. "We've been driving 
since 6 o'clock to get here", explained the tired looking mother. Sh6 
and her children went through the house, listened to every description. 
As they were leaving, we gave the children ^^ost cards for souveniers 
and filled an envelope vdth candy. The mother v/as serious and never 
more sincere vrhen she said: "This means a great deal to me.". Then 
there was the family €6 adults from Dallas , Texas - the man, a High 
School principal vdth his wife, two daughters and a friend. They couldn't 
say enough - Over and over again they repeated: "We've enjoyed this 
so much". 

Sometimes our descriptions seen unnecessary or the story, 
repeated over and over, sounds shallow - withoiit depth. But after such 
e:>:pressions of gratitude, a glow of satisfaction encircles us. We im- 
mediately seek another opportunity. 

Monday, June 30, 19-41 Very warm 

The most appealing ^art of the Inn to the group £$ Scandinavian 
people who dined here tonight was in the fact that Longfellow chose for 
his "Musician" In the Tales of a Wayside Inn , the great Norwegian 
violinist Ole Bull. Ole Bull is a kind of hero in the hearts of Norwegian 
folSr and Mr. Hammar, one of the above mentioned group, spoke -f him with 
a deep feeling of reverence. Mr. Hammar 's father was an Inn keeper near 
Bergen, the city where Old Bull was born. Ole Bull slept in his father's 
tavern and our guest, .vhen a boy, slept in the same bed. After dinner tiiis 
evening, !.!r. Hammer and his friends from the Swedish Congregational Chur ch- 
at Forest HiiLls, Mass. went to the old Ball room where some of the "Tales" 
were read aloud. Miss Fisher showed the grou^ several pictiares of Old Bull 
and finally she brought out the concert violin owned and played upon by 
him. This last, all declared, was an especially appropriate ending to a 
ver;j'- enjoyable evening. 

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Monday, June 30 - continued 

The National Association of School Secretaries convening 
in Boston with the National Education Association held a luncheon at 
the Inn this noon. Eighty young ladies participated. 

Tuesday, July 1, I94I Extremely warm 

One of the most interesting events in the history of the 
Wayside Inn occurred today when Governors from more than half the 4.3 
states -xere luncheon guests. The day was a "scorcher" and particularly 
warm at 1 o'clock when the Governors arrived. Most of them were in 
shirt sleeves, their aides in formal military dress. It was a thrilling 
mement when the call came for luncheon in this way: "Aides - "bring in 
your governors and party". Tall, handsome men in olive drab or in stiff 
white uniforms scurried through the rooms, to the lawn and to the porch 
to assemble their charges. Impressively they filed into the dining room, 
one party after another - Governor Blood of New Hampshire vvith Mrs. Blood, 
Governor Cooper of Tennessee with his mother, lame Governor Dixon of 
Alabama, handsome Governor Bricker of Ohio and our own Governor Sal tons tall 
of Massachusetts. At the head table were Governor and Mrs. Sal tons tall, 
Governor Stassen of Minnesota and the British High Commissioner in Canada 
Malcolm MacDonald. Also a vacant chair. This was filled after the liaich- 
eon had progressed to the second course, by the speaker of the day Mayor 
Fiorello LaGuardia of New York City. He was accompanied by Mayor Maurice 
J. Tobin of Boston. First the short, stocky little mayor of the largest 
city in the United States, peeled off his coat. Then he talked rapidly 
yet clearly, simply yet forcibly about the need of fire protection in the 
present Defense crisis. When he had finished, motorcycle policemen took 
their places , chauffeurs started long highly-^.olished cars -.^ith flags 
flying and the procession formed for its trip' to Concord, Lexington and 
Gloucester. In the group, numbering about 265, was Miss Natalie Hays 
Hammond, tea hostess this afternoon at her lovely estate overlooking 
Gloucester Harbor. Those who registered were as follows; 

John Bricker 


of Ohio 1938 - A3 

Arthiir H. James 



Pennsylvania " " 

Prentice Cooper 




Dwight Griswold 




John Moses 



No. Dakota 

Buniet R. Maybank 



So. Carolina 

Payne Ratner 




Nels H. Smith 




Siiraner Sewall 




Harold E. Stassen 




Leverett Saltonstall 




James H. Price 




Charles A. Sprague 




M. M. Neely 



W. Virginia 

Herbert H. Lehman 



Nev.- York 

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Tuesday Jtily 1 - continued 

J. Melville Broughton Governor of N. Carolina 

Julius Heil " Wisconsin 

Robert A. Hurley " Connecticut 

J. Howard McGrath. •• Rhode Island 

Frank W. Dixon *• Alabama 

Robert 0. Blood •• Nev; Hampshire 

Spessard L. Holland .. Florida 

Herbert R. 0' Conor ,. Maryland 

Guy J. Swope .. Puerto Rico 

Other distinguished guests registered, were: 

Malcolm MacDonald - British High Commissioner in Canada 

Natalie Hays Hammond - Colonel, Mass. Womens Defense Corps 

Fiorello LaGviardia - Mayor of Nev: York City 

Maiirice J. Tovin Mayor of Boston, Mass. 

Horace Cahill - Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts 

Wednesday, July 2, 19^1 Very warm 

Breakfast guests today were Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. Jones of 
Dearborn, Michigan. Mr. Jonef teaches mathematics in the Edison Instiibute. 

A group of 20 university studei^ with Mr. H. 0. Lathrop, dir- 
ector, came today from the Illinois State Normal School. They are on 
a six weeks field trip, touring by bus. They have a crew which travels 
ahead and sets up camp for them. When they arrive for the night, every- 
thing is in readiness. Tonight they planned to camp near Salem, Mass. 

Thursday, July 3, I94I Warm 

The pace of visitrPrs' has quickened today in anticipation of 
a long Holiday week-end. 

The Commissioner of Education for the state of West Virginia , 
Mr. W. W. Trent, visited the Inn today. When someone suggested that he 
should hurry back to Boston to hear speakers it the National Education 
Association meetings, he said: "I can hear speakers anytime, on the 
radio and elsewhere, but T can't see the Wayside Inn every day." 

Mr. and Mrs. Leo DuVall, he the principal of an Elementary 
School in Dearborn, arrived today after attending the convention of the 
National Education Association in Boston. They will be here overnight. 



Friday, Jijly ^t h, 1941 Warm 

The holiday broioirht the usual croud of visitors end dinner -.nests. 
During the busiest time of the day, we came across tvro young ladies frorc 
California. They were Home Econonics teachers and fairly gasped rhen we 
held up a Betty lamp! The Betty Isrsg is the official s^Tubol of their 
society. It is used to identify ell workers in the field of Hone 
Economics. Miss'Graves is California State supervisor of Hone Economics 
Clubs. She had never seen a real, honest- to-goodness old Betty lamp. 
Hardly ever have we seen anyone so enthusiastic, so pleased to learn 
every detail regarding the historj'- of an early Americaji lamp. Fortunately 
we had some information regarding the origin of the Betty lamp which we 
had clipped from magazines and newspapers. These we loaned to Miss Graves. 
She hopes to give talks to her clubs on the subject. Further, she expressed 
the wish that Mr. Ford might have the Betty lamp reproduced and msde 
available to Home Economics Clubs and to teachers of Home Economics through- 
out the country. 

Saturday, July 5, 19-41 Warm 

Holiday visitors continued to flock into the house all day, 
today. "We came 200 miles to get dinner here" - said a nice looking man 
who stepped up to the old Bar to pay his bill. "We like to eat around 
at different places, so came all the way from Schnectady, Ne"; York to 
spend our holiday here", fee- oald . 


Sunday, July 6, 19<41 Pleasant 

A little old man spoke feelingly this afternoon about his 
former home in England. He said that he worked 15 years for Lord 
Leverhulme, the great soap maker* Our guest made glycerine in the 
large factory at Port Sunlight. "We had a model village there, 
you know, said our friend in a decided English accent. "It was a 
beautiful place, but I*m glad I'm not there now. I'd rather be in 
America. There are more Oj^portunities here". We asked if he had 
seen the model village built by the American Woolen Co. near 
Lawrence, Mass. "Yes", he said, "but that is not as good as our 
village. Every house at Port Siinlight was different. Those are all 
alike". Pride and homesickness mingled, as the man talked on and 
told of his admiration for Lord Leverhulme. He compared his former 
employer to Mr. Ford in his efforts to better living conditions for 
the working man. 

Monday, July 7, 19-41 Pleasant 

Fourteen years ago a little company of moving picture actors 
came to the Inn with James A. Fitzpatrick, director. They were here 
for a month cind under the able directorship of Mr. Fitzpatrick, made 
a moving picture of the story of Mar;,' and her little lamb. Mr. 
Fitzpatrick had previously done a " Music Masters" series which was 
a new venture in the field of Educational movies. 

First there had to be a Mary. A sweet child actress, Anita 
Louise Fremault was chosen for the part. She was, at that time, about 
9 years old. Her brother "Nat" was imi^ersonated by Russell Griffin. 
We became friendly with this little troupe; knew them well. 

Mr. Fitzpatrick climbed to the top. After the Mary Lamb 
picture which was a silent film, he started his "Travel Talks". He 
went around the World several times, made beautiful scenic pictures - 
Austria, Russia, India. He talked along with the pictures; described 
them. They have becoae a national cinema institution, "But I'lr fed 
up on travel" said Mr. Fitzpatrick as he sat looking towards the 
VIbtj Lamb school house today. "I want to do something different - 
I think first it will be the story of Carnegie Hall." Then he added: 
"My propensity for travel comes from my mother. She loves to go any- 
where.. • she flys in sin airplane and just came to New York from the 
west coact. Vty father waa an extremely conservative man". 

Mr. Fitzpatrick seemed verj pleased to be back at the Inn 
again and immediately on arriveJ, last evening, began to renew old 
acquaintances. He also took a fine "sunset" picture of the Chapel. 
This morning he made pictures of the Hasj- Lamb School, the Mill and 
the Inn. These will appear in a short reel called "Glimpses of New 

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Monday, JxlLj 7 - continued 

"Its a funny thing" - continued our friend as he relaxed 
for a minute between pictures - "that the American public has hereto- 
fore not wanted ^ictiu'es of America - an American travel picture 
wouldnH go. Now with the wai* going on and American patriotism at 
a high pitch, people want to see America. Mr. Fitzpatrick went from 
here to Cape Cod. Further plans call for pictures of Ottawa "which 
may someday be the seat of the British Government." 

Tuesday, JixLy 8, 1941- Pleasant 

Mrs. Chas. L. Crane and three sons arrived from Detroit 
last evening. Today they motored to Cape Cod. 

Mr. C. Paschall, Professor of English ^t the University of 
California was a very interested visitor today. 

Guests yesterday included the Brazilian Consul in Boston with 
a special Naval Attache* and Military Attache* from the Brazilian 
Embassy in Washington. 

Wednesday, July 9, 1941 Pleasant 

The custom of a young man taking a mirror to his sweetheart* s 
house in the old days and placing it upon a table, is well known to 
the hostesses who repeat the story every day to our guests. The guests 
enjoy the courting mirror and particularly like the part of the story 
which goes this way: - If the young lady picks up the mirror, admires 
it, that is a. sign she favors the young man. But if she disregards 
the mirror, turns it face down, that meant she turned him d own. A 
very lovely lady this evening told us that the custom is not urdque. The 
same method of courting a lady is carried on by the penguins, Antarctic 
birds. A penguin lays a stone at the feet of the girl of his choice. 
Tf she notices it, picks it up - all is well. If she disregards it, 
Mr. Penguin lays it at the feet of another c Admiral Byrd saw a penguin 
pick up a discarded tin can cover. He used it as his courting mirror I 

?4r, M. B- Paige, Peabody, Mass. 95 years old, has celebrated 
his last three birthdays by coming to the Wayside Inn. He was here 
today with his son J. S. Paige 

Thursday, July 10, 19^ Pleasant 

School principals numbering 175 visited the Inn this afternoon 
and thoroughly enjoyed it. They swarmed the Bar-room after going through- 
to buy books and post caxds, 

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ThTirsday, July 10 - continued 

This evening the Harvard Summer School "Workshop in 
Education" brought 170 men and women to the Inn for a chicken dinner^ 
This is becoming an annual event for this group of educators. They 
are school teachers v»ho come to Harvard to discuss their problems 
VTith experts in their particular field of work. After dinner a 
program was arranged which took the form of a mock labor dispute - 
a trial was held and both sides presented their case. '^It was all 
in fun and caused much hilarity. Those in charge made ti; possible 
for nearly everyone ^.resent to share in the program. 

Friday, July 11, 19^ Pleasant- 

A new walk has been laid from the Mar;,' Lamb school to the 
Chapel which is in constant use during these busy Summer afternoons. 

Mrs* Bennett, teacher in the Southwest School is on the 
hostess staff for the Summer. She opens the Mary Lamb ScLool house 
every afternoon and is there from 1 - ^-A^* 

The picnic table, formerly in the Msr^^ Lamb school yard, 
has been moved to a shady spot in the field neaxby. Eight people 
enjoyed luncheon there this noon. We noticed girl scout uniforms in 
the group. 

Hitr. and Mrs. Harry A. Wallis spent their 8th wedding anni- 
versary here this evening. They have come on Jily Uth every year 
since 1933- "You see, I proposed to Mrs. Wallis after bringing her 
here for dinner. It was on the way back to Worcester" explained 
Mr. Wallis. 

Satiirday, July 12, 1941 Pleasant 

Memorial day last, we laid a wreath on the grave of Mar;- 
Sawyer Tyler at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Pictures were taken of the 
store and of other markers in the same lot. Picture No. 1 shows the 
lot as it looks from the entrance steps. No. 2 is of the Tyler 
monument, front view. The inscription on the back of the stone is 
as follows; 

b. May 11, 1805 d. Sept. U, 1381 
Wife of Columbus T^^ler 
b. March 22, 1806 d. Dec. 10, 1839 

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Saturday, Jiily 12 - continued 


No, 1 

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No. 2 

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Saturday, July 12 - continued 

Picture No. 3» Other stones in the Tyler lot mark the following 

Martha Perry Lowe 
b. Nov« 21, 1329 d, 1902 

Charles Lowe 
d. 1874 

Mary Foote Lowe 
wife of Charles PI Lincoln 
b. 1862 d. 1938 

Jeanie Wood 
Dau. of Rev. Charles Lowe 
and Martha Perry Lov^e 
and wife of 
Charles M. Hemenway 
b. Sept. 5, 1866 D. May 13, 1912 

Mary A. Haley 
d. 1926 





No. 3 


Sunday, July 13, 1941 


Mr. Walter E■^J:dlng of South Sudbury, a dear old gentleman, 
dressed himself as Uncle Sam on the of July and entered the 
town parade. He stood on a "float", rode through the streets and 
announced by means of a sign in bold lettering that "Liberty Shall 
not Die". He was given second prise. A day or t?fo later he came to 
the Inn, wanted his picture taken ^jith the old Inn for a background. 
Here he is 

Monday, July L4, 19^ 


Nine years ago, llr, C H.Millburn and his bride-to-be stopped 
at the Inn for lunch. That evening they dined at the new Waldorf 
Astoria in New York. It was the very day that the new Waldorf opened. 
Mr. Millburn remarked to someone there that he had Ixxnched in one of 
America 's oldest Inns and on the same day v/as dining in the newest! 
This interested the management of the Waldorf. They published the facts 
in their hotel nev/sx^aper. Mr. Millburn was here for Breakfast this 
morning and went on to tell us that he is a collector of rare books. He 
has, in particular, about 300 volumes of American literature. A list 
of the most important early Am-rican books was made out by a H;irvard 

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Monday, J-uly H - continued 

professor and a New York book dealer. Mr. Millburn has 
acquired practically every book on the list. And practically every 
book is a first edition. He has a first edition of the "Tales of 
a Wayside Inn". Another of his most valued _^:ossessions is a first 
edition of Walt Whitman* s "Leaves of Grass". 

Tuesday, July 15> 1941 Pleasant 

Facts regarding the Hov.'e family and their ownership of the 
Inn through 5 generations, keep coning to our attention. A Mrs. 
Hartley B. Gardner found an interesting document among her father's 
(John B. Willis) papers and loaned it to us. This tells of the 
marriage at the Inn in 1797 of Abigail or "Nabby" Hovre, daughter of 
Buckley Howe. She lived here • ith her uncle and was married here, 
probably in the Parlor, to Asa Willis. In the same paper, a story is 
told of Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine. It says that when 
working on the problem Mr. Howe dreamed that he was captured by savages 
and noticed that their spear heads had a hole near the point. This 
gave him the idea which he developed in the sewing maching needle. 

Wednesday, July 16, 19^^- Partly cloudy 

Dinner guests this evening included Captain and Mrs. Oscar 
Malmberg from the sailing vessel "Abraham Rydberg". This is a Swedish 
Training Ship formerly used as a Grain ship. These grain ships, before 
the War, raced around the Horn froa Australia to England. The "f^dberg" 
is the last to be put into Government service. Captain Ms^lmberg is 
in charge of 60-30 Swedish men. 

Thursday, July 17, 19^1 Pleasant 

See next iT^r^R 

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Thursday, July 17, 19^ 



of New Torl^ 

Mrs, Lehman - at left 


Friday, July 13, 19^^ Pleasant 

Sone of the old desks used in the Redstone School 
house came fron Onion, Miiine. This town is the setting for 
Ben Ames Williams' book - "Come Spring", 

A kindergarten teacher told us today that v/hen she 
read the ijoem. of "Mary Had a little Lamb" to her young pupils, 
they asked "But why did the teacher turn the lamb out? Why didn't 
the teacher want the lamb in school?" 

A bright woman, well "^Tessed, spoke of teaching in an 
old rural school when she was youiig. "It was very si^uilar to this" 
she said as she looked around the one room of the Mary Lamb School. 
"It wai- in Hancock, New York, I used to board in different homes 
and was always a guest for a week. During that time we had boiled 
potatoes and cocoanut cake for Breakfastl" 

A present day school teacher told of being at Eaton College 
in JKngland where she saw a whix-;ping bencli. Boys -yere punished with a 
whip made of birch boughs tied together -*• and they had to pay for iti 
A charge of 5 shillings o^ $1.25 was made on the term bill of the 
maughty boy J 

Saturday, July 19 > 1941 High humidity 

Summer Summaries 

Elderly lady, alone; "This has been a perfect day - 

away from the War. The Inn 
has been beautifully done, 
but not over-done." 

Breakfast guest: "We come here to eat if we are 

within a hundred miles of the 
place" . 

Overnight guest: "I've been here three times before 

and like it better each time." 

Husband: "Women stayed ;t home in the old 

Wife: "Yes, but if T had stayed at home 

today, you never would have seen 

the Wa^'-side Inn J" 

Guest: "What is that?" ) pointing to hollow 

tree stump) 
Hostess: "That is a corfi sheller" 

Guest: "I thought it was a hollow tree stump" 

Cues t on toiu: trip; "T love "^^^s ^-lace so much I could 

hug it!" 


Sunday, July ^o, 1^^ Pleasant 

A teacher from the lew, southern end of California and one 
from high up in the California raountains ?^ere early morning visitors. 
They came to the Bar after a trip throiigh the house and each bought 
one of every kind of book. We sold two copies of the Story of Uzry and 
her Lamb, two of the Chrarcters in the Tales of a Wayside Inn, two of 
Longfellow* s ^oeas and two of Samuel Chamberlsin^s book, a Camera 
Impression of the Wayside Inn. Also two sets of post cards. Names of 
the young ladies were Dorothea Minor and Helen Carlson and as they 
left they said; *'Ne;it x^dnter when we ore way back in California, you 
can think of us reading these books". 

Field Robinson, 20 South Broadway, Yon-kers, Nav; York, supplies 
woodwork, panelling, wide floor boards, mantles etc. for people restoring 
old houses. He handed ris his card today and said that he had furnished 
hoTises for the Rockefeller family nd other well known people in New York. 

Monday, July 21, 19^ Pleasant 

1. The Inn perpetuates the memory of the poet Longfellow. 

2. The liin is a re^-ository - a place of safe keeping for , 
original Howe relics, original manuscripts und genuine 
Colonial furniture. 

3. The Inn is a source of education. It portrays the peace 
time historj'- of early American life. 

The Inn serves one more snd even greater purpose than the 
three above mentioned. This is something ■'ntangible, bard to describe. It 
has to do v.'ith the guests who come, the people visit the Inn. They come 
day after day and every day their faces are grim. Very few come to the Inn 
smiling. To most of the visitors, life has seemed hard, has brought few 
real pleasures. After a short time in the Inn, however, their expressions 
change. The guests gradually forget realities. They are put Into a different 
century. Soon they have coiipletely forgotten themselves. The hostess laughs, 
they laugh. They want to hear more. They recall their childhood when 
Longfellow •s poems were recited at home and in school - "Under the spreading 
Chestnut tree" and "Life is real, life is earnest". It all comes back to 
them. We have seen the change many times. The Inn brings something fine, 
something true and good into the faces of our guests. And best of ail, in 
these depressing Way days, it brings a cheerfulness into their he£a'ts. And 
may we go a little further and say that the Inn gives courage and strength t o 
return to a troubled World. Isn»t tliis, after all, the greatest service the 
Inn can render? 


Tuesday, July 22, 19^1 Pleasant 

Two women stayed r.round the house the greater part of the 
afternoon. They joined first one group, then another, going through 
the house several times. Then they walked to the M::.ry Lamb School, 
caiae back to the Irai sat in the Bar room, wrote ^.ostal cards, saw the old 
fashi.oned garden, which, by the way, is very pretty right now. Late 
afternoon our tow ladies said goodljye with this message: 

"We were brought up on Longfellow. We loved the 
Tales of a Wayside Inn. They rang in oiu* ears when we 
sat in the Parlor, Thcink you for a great treat". 

Wpr^iiesday, July 23, V^O- Thunder shower 

About supper tine, two boys in their early 'teens came in vdth 
their mother. They vranted to go through the Inn. They were rather poorly 
clad, but seldom have v-'e met such interested boys. They concentrated, 
listened intelligently to the hostesss. We became verj' interested in the fsjily 
asked where they were from - "Seattle, Washington" said the younger boy as 
if he was mighty proud to have come clear across the continent "And we came 
in a brtjid nev cst" he continued. "We stopped in Greenfield Village which 
was great". Somehow we .hated to have these boys go on their wayj we wanted 
them to stay. They appreciated the old Inn, yet their faces were eager sud 
full of anticipation for the next stop on their trip. There was time for a 
little more, however, and we were informed that this trip was a really great 
event. "You see we had an old 1929 Chrysler" said the boy "a big, high old 
car. We had ti for years. It should have been put in li/Ir. Ford's Museum, 
but we finally gave it up and have come all the way from Seattle in our 
new car." The "Tiother was a modest little vraman, evidently anxious to give 
her boys a chance to see New England -.nd to learn in a visual way its early 
historj^ 'vriich is the early hietory of America- The boys were Frank and Bob 

Thursday, July 2^., 19^^! Ver: warm 

A dear little ^irl, Alta Turner returned today. Her light hair 
was braided this time and the expression on her face was as sweet and 
modest as any ever seer on a child of ten years. She is taking violin 
lessons now and wanted to see Ole Bull's violin. TThen she touched it, it 
was with a feeling of awe and respect. She took the bow in hand, placed 
the violin under her chin, but couldn't play a single note. Mr. and Mrs. 
Turner did not urge the child to play. They will come again. They were 
here for a week last year and /vita made friends everyv/here around the Inn. 
She liked particularly the night watchman who lights the kerosene lamps 
on the lamp posts. Today Alta wrote a note to "Leery", as she called our 
lamp lighter and left it for him hidden in one of the lamps. Then she 
went on to the barn to pay a call on the lambs und goats. This delightful 
family comes from New Jersey. 


Friday, July 25, 19^ Verj- warm 

A Mr. and tlrs. Severj^ valked into the Mary Lamb Scbolhouse this 
afternoon and speaking about schools, told us that they were from 
Girard College in Philadelphia. We had never heard of the school so they 
proceeded to tell about it» The college was founded hy Stephern Girard. 
In a long and very detailed Will, he described the school as he wished it 
to be founded and operated. It is a boarding school for fatherleS"S boys. 
The boys can enroll at the 1st grade and continue through High School, 
even to College courses. They also le-irn various trades. Everv facility is 
provided to equip the boys r;ith a trade. To give some idea as to the size 
of the school, there are at present 1,733 students. Mr. Severy is one of 
13 Physical education instructors. And infirmary with 3 trained nurses is 
provided. Stephen Girard anticipated practically every need of the school 
then and now. He was a nerchant, mariner and banker who lived in Phil- 
adelphia and died there in 1332. He established a two million dollar 
endiivment and a maintenance fund. He also left valuable coal mines. The 
money has been carefully spent, the coal nines have proved more valuable 
than anticipated and the endowment now has grow to 92 million dollars, lAr. 
Severy said that the school is non-sectarianj that the main buildings axe 
built of white marble. He added "T like the ^jlace so well, I can't leave. 
I've got a letter in my pocket now from a boy who begins "Dear Pop I" 

Saturday, J-uly 26, 19^1 Very warm 

A Tauck Tour group is coifing Saturday as well as on Friday each 
week. This is the "double header" ^ich usually comes during the busie-t 
Summer months. The Saturday coach has a new conductor, Mr. Arnold Gallup 
who is taking hold of the job well. In the winter he teaches in the 
Camden, Nev/ Jersey High School, 


Sunday, July 27, 19^1 Pleasant 

What makes the Inn more interesting and enjoyable than 
other historical house?? Every day we hear: "This is the best thing 
we have seen" or "I enjoyed this far more than any other place." 
Being not the least bit modest, we would answer the question this way: 

It is because of the way in wliich the 
house is explained to the guests. 

It is not done in the usual "guide"manner. The story varies 
from day to day, froii group to group. It changes from hostess to 
hostess. The facts are always the same, but different bits of inform- 
ation are added. For instance, it may seem important to one hostess to 
inform her guests where - in what vicinity - a ^iece of furniture was 
made. To another hostess this may not mean as much as to tell from 
what kind of wood thf» piece was made. Too, the hostess must study her 
guests. Some are interested in one phase of the Inn, some in another. 
It is the duty of the hostess to make the story interesting to all types 
of pec;lfe. Her success in this depends upon her tone of voice and her 
emphasis on things which will help draw a complete picture. She must 
carry the guest from early pioneer days, throiigh the Revolutionary War, 
to the Longfellow association and finally tell of present activities, the 
schools, Chapel etc. When the hostess has finished, very often the 
comment is; "You have made this place really live for u^l" The 
hostess can make any place live for her guests if she takes the time and 
pains to explain the house in the ways above mentioned. 

Monday, July 23, 1941 Pleasant 

The furnishings of the Inn are looked upon from many different 
points of view. There are those who understand old f-urniture from a 
cabinet makers point of view, notice the kind of wood used and the joining 
of the wood. Others find their interest in the purpose for wliich the 
articles w^^re usedj they see people of other days moving around in the 
in the qiiaint, low rooms. Still others compare the old things to present 
day furniture, while some go so ftx as to turn the old into the new I One 
of our guests today found great enjoyment in the old Coolidge Sap Bucket 
when she saw it to be the same kind of bucket which she had converted into 
a sewing basket I She lined the bucket with gay chintz, made sections for 
spools of thread, needles, tape measure etc. In the kitchen, the 
same person said that she had used the design on an old Butter Print, for 
a wall plaque made of Plaster Paris! Her chief interest in the Inn was 
from the view point of converting old, disused things into useful, 
workable modern fixtures. 


Tuesday, Jidy 29, 1941 Cloudy 

Speaking of changing the story and adding different bits of 
information, one of the hostesses read a note in the last issue of the 
Readers Digest wliich said: "If you do not dance the modern dances, 
you are a Waltz flower". In speaking of our old fashioned dancing 
classes to a group of people today, the hostess quoted the above and 
gave credit to the Readers Digest. After the talk v/as over, a nice 
looking man - a little beyound raiddle age, introduced himself as 
Mr. Webb Waldron, special feature writer for the Readers Digest! He 
told us that a few years ago he wrote a Digest article on Mr. Ford's 
farming projects. Just then the call came for tea, Mr. Waldron was 
in a hurry, on his way to Midne. We are glad however, that he stOj,ped 
long enough to hear a little about t^^-^ Parlor of the Inn and to have 
tea with Mrs. Waldron in the old dining room. 

Wednesday, July 30, 19^ Rain 

The Wayside Inn is in print tliis week. A local ^.aper has the 
following quiz: 

Should a vacationing friend send you post card ^.ictures 
of the Hermitage, the Wayside Inn and Monticello, where 
would he have been visiting? 

Answer: The Hermitage was the home of Andrew Jackson, located 
near Nashville, Tenn; the Wayside Inn is a colonial 
tavern near Sudbury, Mass., immortalized by Longfellow 
in his Tales of a Wayside Inn; Monticello is the former 
home of Thomas Jefferson located near Charlottesville, 

Thursday, July 31, 19^1 Cloudy 

We met today Father D. R. Woodward from the Chapel of the 
Intercession, Trinity Parish, Nev; York City. He came in for dinner 
tonight and ..hen leaving, we noticed a paper bag tucked under his 
arm. "Indian Pudding" said this young member of the clergy - "I 
haven't had any since I was a boy when Grandmother used to make, it. 
I'm taking this along home to my mother". 

A woman who impressed us this evening, was Miss Lucille West 
who told us that she studies astronomy entirely from the scientific 
point of view and not as a means of forecasting coming events. She 
applies astronomy to character reading and believes it can be used as a 
great help in education. For instance if the birth date, day of the 
week and hour of birth are known, it is easy to determine which planets 
will influence the cliild. Courses of study the child should pTirsue can 
then be arranged vdth ttiis in mind. Miss West went into the matter in a 
great deal of detail and is evidently equipped with much technical know- 
ledge of the subject. Her address is: 12 Glen ElljTi Way, Rochester, 
New York. 



Friday, August 1, 19^ Warm 

Mrs. Jones, housewife from Lcurel, Maryland is seated in the 
dining room next table to Mr. Brown, Insurance executive froa Chicago, 
Illinois. In the Parlor while listening to the story, Mrs. Woodbury 
Manning, society leader rubs elbows with 14 year old Billy Gates from 
Brooklyn, New Tork. Over in the school house we make the acquaintance 
of a waitress fron Child's Resttirant, while the nice looking gentleman 
in the same group is Mr. Hanson H. Anderson, Principal of a Technical 
High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. A cosmopolitan place, these days, 
is the Wayside Irji where north meets south and east meets west and all are 
greeted and treated alike. It is a thrilling sight to look into our 
dining room on a day like this, or to watch a group of people following 
a hostess. There is an informality, a friendliness, something in 
common v.hich draws an intangible cord around the guests once they have 
stepped into the Inn. All are here for the same purpose, all, richman, 
poor man, from north or south - all want to see and to hear about New 
England history. They want to have a good time. They want to carry 
pleasant memories of a happy vacation back to their everyday World. 

Saturday, August 2, 1941 Pleasant 

Hostess: In this school house {iLaxj Lamb) there are 16 

children in the first four grades; four children 
in each grade. 

Little girl: I go to a school v/here there are 400 children". 

A mother and father with small daughter visited the Mary Lamb 
School house recently and enjoyed the story there very much. Pcirticularly 
the little girl. She liked seeing the yarn from the first fleece of the 
little lamb and she sat in one of the little old desks. She heard the 
bell shich called Mary Sawyer to school and she looked at the Mc Guffey 
readers. "Th^'s will make up for not seeing the West Point Cadets" mother 
explained as she went out the door. It seems that the child had been 
greatly disappointed .vhen it was learned that the Cadets were not going 
to parade, on the very day this little fajnily visited the Military Academy. 


Sunday, August 3, 1941 Pleasant 

Ever/ day v/e encounter many of the joys .::Jid sorrovrs of life- 
dealing as vre do with human nature. Today a new situation arose, which 
we have seldom if ever experienced. A boy was Hitting in the front hall 
beside his mother. He was crying as if his heart would break. "What is 
the matter?" we asked. "He got lost" explained the mother - "thought he 
couldn't find me". The boy, a child of 3 or 9 years, kept right on 
crying. He attracted the attention of other guests. Other members of 
the some party hovered around ind tried to coiafort him. But to our young 
friend ;i not' hing seemed more serious, more artful at that particular 
moment than to be vdthout a mother. 

Guest: "This is one of those places where you feel 

at home quickly. I feel as if I'd been here 
a week". 

Monday, August 4, 19^ Very pleasant 

Today being a particularly beautiful Summer day, we entertained 
hiindreds of regular guests sjid three special guests. The three were: 
Mrs. Raymond, I«!rs. Ford's sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Cummings, employed at the 
Dearborn residence of Mr. and ^rs. Ford, and Mrs, Clark - hostess at the 
Botsford Tavern. Mr. and Mrs. PAymond ire enjoying a trip through New 
England and this morning motored fron Cape Cod. They stayed for luncheon, 
served on the porch, and remained for a few hours in the afternoon, tlrs. 
Cummings brought a party of six firends and relatives from Worcester, Mass. 
where she is spending her vacation. Emma, our cook, joined the party for 
luncheon in the old dining room. Mrs. Cummings made the tour of the Inn 
and surrounding buildings. Mrs. Clark from the Botsford Tavern came on a 
very hurried visit end spent only a short time here - just time enough to 
go through the house and to compare the services here with those she gives 
the guests at Botsford - an old Inn also owned by Mr. Ford at Farmington, 

Tuesday, August 5, 19^1 Pleasant 

The hatchel or heckel in the old kitchen is a fierce looking in- 
strument with sharp spikes attached to a board - used in the old days for 
combing flax - separating the fibres of the flax. Today a woman told us 
that for years a story had been repeated in her family about one of her an- 
cestors - and a heckel. The ancestor lived in Vermont in the time of 
Indians. An Indian attacked her| tried to seize a string of gold beads hanging 
around her nack. The ^vonan was c^uick. She grabbed a heckel, threw it towards 
the Indian. He ran away. Our guest had never seen a heckel, but had tried to 
pic:feure li every time she heard the story. Undoubtedly the Wayside Inn 
heckel meant more to this guest than anything else in the house. 

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Tuesday, August 5 - continued 

A guest today spoke of the expressioii "Is the game worth the 
candle?" She said thcit T.'hen the hostess mentioned the fact that candles 
were scarce and expensive in the old days, she was reminded of the 
saying - which originated ??hen candles were considered more or less of 
a luxury. "Is the game worth the candle?" is still used in the present 

Wednesday, August 6, 1941 Pleasant 

Mrs. Bennett, our Suminertirae hostess, has given us the account 
of a woman vrtio visited the Inn today. She was Mrs. Mary Malmberg from 
Boylston, Mass., 82 years old. Mrs. Malmberg came from Sweden in 1839. 
She used to make candles in a candle mold, like ours. She caded wool vrith 
cards like she saw in the old kitchen. She combed fla:c, too, and wound 
yarn on a clock reel. Mrs. Bennett reports a very pleased guest who said 
that coming to the Inn made her feel as if she ^vere back at her old home 
in Sweden. 

Thursday, August 7, 19^ Pleasant 

Several times the Inn has been described on the radio - by 
Linton Wells and others. Today, ?ir. Gilbert T. Hodges from Station WTAG 
in IVorcester, came right to the Inn. He broijght equipment with him which 
made a recording of a trip through the Inn. The idea was to have an 
informal chat about the Inn as a party went froiu room to room with Miss 
Staples as hostess. It was not previously arranged,, no special questions 
were asked - questions and answers were extemporaneous. The plan is to 
have a series of radio talks of 15 minute ^eriods each - covering every- 
thing here - the Ball rooms. Mill, Mary Lamb School etc. Today t^^ Bnr- 
room, old Dining room, Kitchen and Parlor were done. 

Friday, August 8, 19^ Pleasant 

The butter print ^ swan design in the old kitchen reminded a 
woman today of her childhood farm life in Ohio. What she told about it 
reminded us of stories told by Delia Lutz. For instance, the guest said that 
in those days her mother would make up 15 ^ounds of butter a week. This 
was used in cooking and on the family table. In addition, she made 50 
pounds to be carried to the country store. "The design on our butter print 
was an acorn - and my mother .Tould wrap the butter to sell in ^^ieces of 
cloth" said our guest as she went on to tell about the numerous members of 
the fa:nily - hired men and relatives. 

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Friday, August 3 - continued 

The Tauck Tour group had a' jolly tiine in the Mary Lamb school 
house tids afternoon and one guest, Mr. Rudolf F. Heiles volunteered 
the following poem \^ch he recited before the "class". 

"Life is like a joiirney 
Taken on a train 
With a pair of travelers 
At each window pane. 
I may sit beside you 
All the journey through; 
Or I may sit elsewhere 
Never j;nowing you 
But if Fate should mark me 
To sit at your side 
Let's be pleasant travelers 
It*s so short a ridel" 

Saturday, August 9j 1941 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Oilman Howe' from Philadelphia, visited the 
Inn today and told us - as they were leaving - that they belong to the 
Inn Ho've family and hope sor-eday to have a copy made of the coat-of-arms 
hanging in the Parlor. 

Miss Miriam Pa^, an attractive girl of *teen age from the 
Dajfcon, Ohio Junior High School brought her mother to the Inn today. They 
had anticipated an interesting time here because Miriam's teacher had 
talked so much about the Inn in her class room. Mrs. Paje told us that the 
teacher had made the class do special work on the Inn and had shown the 
students a copy of Samuel Chamberlain's book 75hich she (the teacher) had 
purchased here last Summer. 


Sunday, August 10, 1941 Pleasant 

The stikry was over. Guests lingered in the Parlor. They 
hovered over Longfellow writings, framed on the wall. They examined 
the Landlord's coat-of-arms . Thsy sat at the center table and read 
parts of the Tales of a Wayside Inn. A wholesome, stocky woman with 
a small child clinging to her skirts, approached the hostess. "This 
little girl wants to ask a question" said the mother. BashJTully and 
in a childish voice came the question; "Is wh^t you said, real?" 
The child xi&s serious and the hostess was serious too, as she bent 
down and said "yes". Then the woman explainr-d that her daughter was 
going through the period of trying to distinguish between the real and 
unreal - or in other words, between stories and true stories. She 
said that the clxLld gets vbtj confused trjring to ascertain which is 

Monday, August 11, 1941 Pleasant 

Some of the plated silver on the sideboard in the dining room 
is marked Simpson, Hall, Miller, Wallingford, Connecticut. This firm 
later merged vdth the International Silver Co. Today three daughters 
of Mr. Clarnece H. Brown came in for luncheon, noticed the silver. 
Thert ftther was Treasiorer of Simpson, Hall, Miller for many years - 
until the change in ownership took place. 

Tuesday, August 12, 1941 Pleasant 

jte almost missed meeting Mr. Ray H. Underwood. He came for 
liinoheon today and was about to leave when we discovered his identity. 
Hfe is a Division M-^.nager of the Western Onion Telegraph Company with 
offices at 427 S. La Salle St., Chicago. Mr. Underwood worked with 
both Mi^. Ford £*nd Mr. Edison in planning the exhibit of the Menlo Park 
buildings at Greenfield Village. He was aodest in telling about this 
interesting association, but evidently feels very proud of the part 
he played in assembling the exhibit. He spent many hours with Mr. 
Edison in discussing plans. 

Wednesday, August 1^, 19-^ Pleasant 

Distant relatives of Ole Bull visited the Inn today. They were 
Mr. Harold Jacobson of Kendall Green, Mass. and his sister Mrs. Henry 
James of Belmont, Mass. Their mother came from Norway when she was 
12 years old - a relative of the great violinist. The fai^ily lived in 
Cambridge and v.-hen our guest, Mrs. James, was a very small child, v:he 
remembers seeing Ole Bull drive by their house. He v/ould wave his 

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Wednesday, Atigust 13 - continued 

hand to her. Mr. Jacobson and his sister are possessors of a huge 
picture of Ole Bull in a lovely gold frame. ITiey were shown our Ole 
Bull^"iolin end looked upon it vdth the greatest respect and admiration. 
Even though Mr. Jacobson plays the violin himself, he would not touch 
our famous instrument. 

Thursday, August Lt, 19^ Pleasant 

In time for the Tauck Tour grou^. tomorrow, caiae a very long 
poem through the mail today. It was from one of last week's Tauck 
passengers, Mr. James J. Doyle of 1553 - 72nd St., BrookljTi, Ner York. 
The poem is too long to quote in full, but it has to do with the Tauck 
"class" held at the Redstone School house. Two verses go this way: 

Two girls multiplied; with consummate art; 
That we know just warmed oiir teacher's heart 
And then we heard the tardy pupil explain 
She had to do her homework; over again 

Then our teacher calm, and very precise. 
Told of Mary, and the Lamb so nice; 
And everyone listened without regret 
To e story though old, we'll never forget 

Friday, August 15, 19^ Cloudy 

A Summer visitor, genuinely interested in the Inn and anxious 
to show his gratitude for an enjoyable visit was Mr. WilliaiJi A. 
Seaburj', Jr. who, this week, offered to send us an old edition of 
Longfellow's poems. He said that the copy had belonged to his mother 
and he would like ti> placed where it would be kept and appreciated. 
We felt that this little gesture meant a great deal to Mr. Seabury 
and we are awaiting the book with much interest. 

Saturday, August 16, 19.41 Showers 

A teacher at the Karj- Lamb school house today was Miss Ethel 
M. ShlB^n, Principal of one of New York's large ^ublic schools. "We 
have just completed a 6 year experiment in the Activity Program" she 
said. This is the educational method T^ich gives individual instruction 
to each pupil. Tests given, indicate that pupils trained this way ire i n 
advance of pupils taught by older methods. 

The West Coast version of the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was 
given at the school house hy a man from that locality. 

Mary had a little lamb 
Its fleece was white as snow 
And everjTvhere that Marj'- went 
She went in - - ar» airplane J 


Sunday, August 17, 19^1 Very ^^leasant 

We are always ^^ileased when people return to the Inn as 
interested friends. Such were the couple who wandered in the front 
door this morning* They came in quietly, walked into the Parlor. 
We found thera looking at the Spinet. "May I play?" asked the lovely 
blond girl. Yfhen she played there was strength in her fingers ~ 
she was sure of every note. She is a music teacher and lives on 
Long Island. The couple were here last Sumiaer on their vacation, 
"And we wanted to come back again this year"they said. "We've been 
thinking about the Inn all Winter and made a special point of coraing 
this way to see it again". Music and the old kitchen were talked 
about until nearly noon. These V/ayside Inn friends are already 
making plans for a Winter visit when, they declared "we'll drive all 
the way from New York for an old kitchen dinner I" 

Monday, August 13, 1941 Pleasant 

The "Song of Hiavratha" - Longfellow's lovely Indian poem 
has for its setting the region around Sault St. Marie, Ontario. A 
guest, on seeing our Martha-Mary Chapel today, was reminded of the 
little church on the Chippewa Indian reservation at Garden River - 
ten miles from Sault St. Moxie. "There", she said "in the li+tle 
church is a beautiful window ^;;iven soae years ago by Miss Alice 
Longfellow in memory of her father." 

Tuesday, Aiogust 19, "I- 9^1 Rain 

A typical sightseeing f;^ily arrived this morning in a 
down-pour f rain. There ^vas Grandpa and Grandma, father and mother 
and ten year old grandson. The whole family were keen listeners. - 
especially Grandma Jid grandson. After the tour through the house 
they all wanted to go back to the Tap room to see the old bottles. 
Grandma collects old bottles and her grandchild is fond of them too. 
"He knows every bootle in my collection" explained the bright old 
lady ^.ointing to the bjy. "And he didn't miss one word about this 
Innl" The two families came from New York state; one from Norwich 
and the other from Freeport. Grandpa didn't have much to say till 
he went doT.-n the door step; "We'll all remember this for a long tiine" 
he called back. 


Wednesday, August 20, 19AX 


Once during the Summer we like to record the number of 
states represented on our register book in one day. Today they were 
as follows: 

New York 

New Jersey 





West Virginia 








District of Columbia 

Buenos Aires 



Rhode Island 

New Ham]pshire 


Thursday, August 21, 19^^ 


"2est of all in the old Inn are the flowers" said one 
of our ^.-uests recently. The flowers are causing much comment these 
days. They come in fresh from the' cut- flower garden everj- morning 
and are placed around the house in pewter bowls and mugs. Some of 
the bright zinias -'• are especially large tiiis year, are ^ut in 
dark brown eariihen-ware jugs. The Bowkers on Siturday evening continue 
to bring roses. The tiny Tom Thumb roses .i.nd Little Pixies are numerous. 
Last week we laid the miniature buds in a shallow pewter dish and they 
came out in full bloom and lasted for several days. The Inn is in- 
clined to be dark and drab -ith its low ceilings snd tiny windows. 
Flowers bring brightness and cheer not only into the house itself but 
into the hearts of Inn family and guests. 

Friday, August 22, 19-^ 


A dear little girl, Debty Drake, -4 years old, from Newton, 
Mass. visited the ^ary Lamb School recently and recited the first 
four lines of the poem before a whole room full of visitors. 

Mr. and Mrs. Max Adler of Chicago were luncheon, juests 
today. He is the donor of the Adler Planetarium - well known in the 
"Windy" city. 

Mr. W. W. Taylor of Dearborn arrived yesterday and Ydll be 
here for several days compiling a geneology of the Dearborn family. 
He is a bom and bred New Englander and has a fund of knowledge regard- 
ing early New England farni implements, tools, guns etc. He helped in 
assembling many of the old building at Greenfield Village. For a 
number of years he made his headquarters at the Inn and lived in the 
old Nobscot Tea House. For the last several years, lir. Taylor has 
worked at the Edison Institute Museum at Dearborn. While here, 
Mr. Taylor will see many old friends and visit old familiar haionts. 


Satiirday, August 23, 19-41 Pleasant 

The Tauck Tour has had a triple header his week. One 
group cane on Thursday, another yesterday and the third today. 
Their New England Tour is more ^opulai- than ever. As a matter of 
fact, the tourist business in New England has reached a high peak 
this year. It is back to the 1929 level. The Tauck Conductor with the 
Thiu*sday group told of an amusirig incident vhich occurred last year. 
He said that a wonan making the Ne.- England tour became very much 
annoyed, '.vhen in the White Mountains, because she could not have 
exactly what she wanted as to a room in a certain hotel. The hotels 
were crowded. She blamed the conductor. She even telegraphed to the 
Nevr York office of the Tauck Tour and complained. Consequently the 
annoyed passenger and the conductor were not on speaking terias until the 
group reached the ^''ar;' Jjamb School house. There, the hilarity and fun 
"broke the ice" as "it were. The ^oaan lau^^hed, the conductor laughed. 
They laughed and talked together. In the end, a jolly good time was had 
hy all, thanks to a "session" at the Redstone School. 



Sundaj, August 24., 194J. Pxeasant 

One of our guests who has never forgotten a pleasant 
evening spent here in the Spring of 194-0, is Mr. A. C. Kiemer of 
Delmar, New York. He ret-orned last night and this morning re- 
viewed for us his previous visit. "We sat around the fire - you 
brought in a large glass of niiUc - we talked 'till late". This 
time Mr. Riemer presented us with some "Gypsy fire" - to make the 
flames on our hearth dance vriLth brilliant gypsy colors. The 
powder is maniifactured oy Mr. Riemer as a hobby. He puts it up 
in attractive boxes with this motto from an old Gypsy legend, on 
each box. 

"Colored flames on the hearth 
Bring happines to the home" 

Visitors at the Mary Lamb School house this afternoon 
were a Mr. and Mrs. Smith from Somerville, Mass. Mr. Smith's mother 
now 92 years old, was a pupil in Mary Sawyer's Sunday School class. 
Her name at the time, was Julia Kana. 

Monday, August 25, 1941 Pleasant 

A thin little man with a decidedly British accent, gave 
us some interesting information today about English Taverns. He 
spoke mostly of the "Pubs", the public houses in the heart of 
London. "They are in basements" he said, "you go down stairs into 
a place like a rat hole -jad when you enter, there are dead rats, 
snakes and all sorts of horrible things tacked to the wall. You 
sit on a barrel". Our guest tal.ced about the "Hen and Chickens" 
Pub which was near his old home. He explained that the fireplace 
there was three times the size of the one in our Bar-room. Andirons were 
called "fire-dogs", lliere was always a smoke jack and always a fire 
on the hearth. It took two men to bring in one of the big fireplace 
logs .hich burned practically all winter. In reviving this pictiire of 
the "Hen and Chickens" our guest almost forgot what brought him to the 
old Wayside Inn Bar. It was to pay his admission fee. "I should 
have felt dreadfully if I'd gone away without paying it" he said. 

Itiesday, August 26, 1941 Pleasant 

Small boy: "If pipes were lighted by a live coat, 
how did they light the coal?" 

Sight-seer: "I've never seen such a house of 
treasure in my life." 

Small boy to hostess who was poking the fire: "Can't 
you puff the fire with a puffer?" 

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Tuesday, August 26 - continued 

Business man: "Tnis is the only place I can come to 

walk in a garden, see the country side, 
farm land and sheep, rest and relax before 
haying my dinner." 

Wednesday, August 27, 1941 Pleasant 

We don't know to whom credit is due, designers, fashion 
experts, or retail stores, but we have noticed this Summer that the 
clothes worn by our guests are gayer and brighter in color than ever 
before. I'hey brighten the house, they create a cheerfiil aspect. Sorrow 
and suffering, of which there is an abundance in these War days, are 
overshadowed by red birds in flight on blue dresses. Quaint, full 
skirts suggest peasant frocks from southern fiurope and are gay with 
wide green and yellow stripes. Turbans in brilliant colors top the 
heads of many young girls. iVen the men are appearing in pretty shades 
of blue and geen. Never have clothes seemed more sensible and 
comfortable, pretty and practical. 

iMs s beginning to read like a fashion page, but the point ♦ 
is, that these bright clothes, like the flowers we mentioned the other 
day, help very much to keep smiles on the faces of Inn family and 
Summer guests. 

Thursday, August 28, 19^ Pleasant 

^cent gues|ts 

Mr. and Mr.s. A. A. Backus - Mr. Backus from Mr. likisel 
lord's office. 

Mr. James Doherty, Artist and his wife, Sonia Doherty 
author of a very recent book on the life of Thomas Jefferson. 

Mr. John W. Thompson of Westfield, M. J. great, great, great, 
great grandson of Samuel Howe, builder of the Inn. His third great 
grandfather was Samuel's son iibenezer Howe. 

Mr. John J. Bowman, Technical Director of the Bowman TechnicsuL 
Achool, Lancaster, Pa. and authority on old clocks and watches. 


Friday, August 29, 194J. Pleasant 

Sufluaer is creeping away. There are many indications of it here, 
the principal one being the trek back to homes and schools of families 
and students from all over the country. Many of them pass this way and 
tell us in a sorrowful tone, "Tes, I'll be back at the old grind next 
week", 'rhis was Kaufie'e last day j Kaufie of the Tauck Tour. He is the 
able school teacher-conductor who will pick up his family in New York 
tomorrow and be on his job as teacher in a Chicago Hig j School bj the 
middle of next week. 

Saturday, August 30, 194J- Partly cloudy 

i'ampld Bailey, authoress, returned to the Inn today. She 
wanted to come, she said, because she had enjoyed the Inn so very 
much on a previous isit. "Who's Who" tells us that Miss Temple has 
written several books, many short stories, essays caid magazine 
articles. Among her books are "The Tin Soldier", "The Blue Window" 
and "Silver Slippers". She is uzuoarried and lives in Washington, l>. C. 



Sunday, Aligns t 31 > 19^ Pleasant 

This Labor i>ay holiday week-end has broiight a great number 
of visitors- some staying overnight, others enjoying dinner and 
many joining large groups to be told the story of the Inn. A short, 
middle-aged man handed us his card and without a word, walked away. 
We looked at the name. Julius A. Schnahl. And the title: State 
Treasurer, Minnesota. 

Monday, September 1, 19<41 Very warm 

The holiday crowds eontinxxed on this Labor Day. The day 
was a very warm one. A hostess was conducting a large nxomber of 
people though the house. She came to the Parlor - explained Long- 
fellow's part in the history of the Inn. She spoke of Alice Longfellow - 
"Grave" Alice in the Children's Hour. A lady in the goup asked : 
"'Why didn't Alice ever marry?" The hostess replied that it was 
probably for the same reason she [the hostess) had never married. Her 
Prince Charming had never come along. The guest pondered on this for 
a while. Then, as if talkirig to herself, in the presence of many others, 
she expressed her thoughts about the matter. "Perhaps it was because 
Alice was so grave" she said. 

Tuesday, September 2, 19^1 Pleasant 

The holiday over, we have started on our usual iiall schedule 
which means not so many sight-seers but more special parties. The 
first fall party to arrive was from iterry. New Hjnpshire. i^wenty 
members of the Molly Reid Chapter, D.A.P.. came for luncheon and a 
trip through the house - both ot «lich they enjoyed very much. These 
women told us that their Chapter was named for Generaliieid's wife, 
Molly. General Stark once said; "If there was ever any woman capable 
of being Governor, it was Molly Reid." 

Wednesday, September 3» 19^1 Pleasant 

Among Summer visi t ors 

Miss Hazel Poole of Orange, Mew Jersey who worked her way 
through Vassar College. Part of her tiiition was earned by guiding 
visitors around the college grounds. She also shelved books in the 
collge library and served as a private tutor. When Miss Poole graduated 
from Vassar in 1909/x6^rning ones' way through college was an xinusual 

Miss Lois North, Hostess at the old Stone House, Guilford, 
Connecticut rej-orted that she sometimes has as many as 200 visitors a 


Thiirsday, September ^, 1941 Cloudy 

Our dancing master, Mr. Albert Haynes taught dancing at 
Harvard College this Summer. Among his pupils was a Mr. George 
Welte who lives in Lexington, Mass. Tonight Mr. Welte and his family - 
father, mother and sister - entertained a party of friends with a dinner 
and dance at the Wayside Inn. There were 32 people in all. Mr. Haynes 
was engaged o direct old fashioned dancing and a four piece orchestra 
played. The Weltes are Swiss people and many of their friends are of 
the same nationality. They were familiar with old time dancing steps 
and were well equipped in comfortable, low-heeled shoes. They danced 
with grace and enthusiasm. 

Friday, September 5> 19^1 Warm 

A bridal party of 1^. was served a Wedding Breakfast on the 
Porch at 11:30 o'clock this momirig. The bride was Miss Annette 
Callan and the groom Mr. William i). Tribble. The bride looked very 
lovely in the traditional white satin gown with veil. Her one 
attendant wore pale blue satin and ail the othtir ladies attending the 
Breakfast wore flower corsages. It wps a small affair, but verv pretty. 
The bride herself took great care in arranging all the little details. 

Saturday, September 6, 1941 Pleasant 

Distinguished visitors this evening were Colonel Theodore 
Roosevelt, Jr., his wife and son Quentin. The son of the 26th president 
of the united States is repeating history and serving once more in the 
armed forces of the Onited States. He and his son are stationed at 
iTort Devens, Mass. Colonel Theodore, Jr. participated in the 1st World 
War and received the Distiiiguished Service Cross, the IJistinguished 
Service Medal, the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre. We recall 
that he was one time Governor of Porto Rico. Tonight he appeared full of 
energy and very straight in olive drab uniform. He expressed pleasure 
in bing at the Inn and rgistered in our special guest book. 



S\mday, Sept* 7, 19-41 Pleasant 

As we have said many times before , our chief aim when 
taking groups through the Inn is to avoid the usual guide manner. 
We don't want to be called preachers or teachers. Therefore we were 
somewhat shocked today when a guest who had observed a hostess 
telling the story, asked: "Is this class just starting?" 

Mr. and Mrs. £. B. Hewes from Cobleskill, New York came 
to see the house early this morning and informed us that their 
business is a Tourist Home called Hewescrest located one mile west 
of Cobleskill. 

Monday, Sept. 8, 19^1 Very pleasant 

At limcheon time today we had the privilege of enter- 
taining a Baron and Baroness. They were Baron and Baroness Marxov. 
We didn't learn much about them, where they were from etc., but they 
were very enthusiastic about the Inn. They particularly liked the 
old furniture and spoke of the country atnwsphere as a great relief 
from a city environment. 

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 19^1 Cold, Cloudy 

The day ended with the arrival of distinguished guests to 
spend the night*. .Mr. and Mrs. Qeorge Matthew Adams. The day was 
a very busy one with the following groups served. 

Massachusetts Association of Relief Officers - 120 

Mrs. Gulick Party of 12 

Miss Irene Carroll Wedding Breakfast lA 

Mr. and Mrs. Adams have been at the Inn several times before 
this, but never to stay over night. Mr. Adams surprised the hostess 
by offering her some peanuts. "Ever eat peanuts?" he asked. Then 
pulled a handful out of his pocket. We know, of course, that Mr. 
Adams is the donor of the lovely etching of Longfellow which hangs 
in the lower hall, done by Alphonse Legros. And we heard tonight about 
the little house, Mr. Adams birthplace, which has been moved to Green- 
field Village. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have jixst completed a stay at their 
camp in Nova Scotia. 


Wednesday, Sept. 10, 19^1 Very warm 

Jj'ive months old Sydney Perham Woodsiun, Jr. favored us with 
a visit recently. He looked at the old house from a comfortable spot 
in his mother's arms. He smiled caid laughed TrLen the old pine cradle 
was pointed out. Daddy told us that Sydney sleeps at home in a cradle 
made by his great grandfather, a man 76 years old. 

When speaking of old fashioned dancing, one of the hostesses 
mentioned the Varsovienne. A nicely dressed old lady could hardly wait 
till the end of the talk. Then she rushed toward the hostess, made this 
announcement. "I havenH heard of the Varsovienne for years and it was 
my favorite dance. My dancing teacher was a son of Dodworth, the great 
New York dancing master. The son came over to Jersey City where we 
lived. Mrs. Aposevelt also had the same teacher v^hen he took his father's 
place. Your mention of the Varsovienne brings back many, many happy 
memories I" We noticed that a little moisture suddenly appeared in the 
eyes of our guest as she went on to describe the charm and grace of her 
favorite dance. 

Thursday, Sept. 11, 19^^. Pleasant 

First to arrive this morning were Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lovett 
from Greenfield Village. They were accompanied by one of their young 

At noon time 318 dinners were served to the Collectors and 
Treasurers Association of Middlesex Coiinty. louring the hours between 
12 and 4 o'clock, the house was filled with men and women attending the 
meeting. Some found the out-of-doors attractive and walked to the school 
and mill. Others gathered in groups on the front lawn. Served also at 
noon time were 18 women from the Womens Baptist Social Union - a Boston 

One of our friends often tells us that he is "jammed" T<ith 
friends. So we say for today - we were jammed with guests I 

if'riday, Sppt. 12, 1941 Pleasant 

Sometimes we feel that the very best part of the whole Stumner 
season centers around a short tvrenty minute period spent every Friday 
afternoon at the Hedstone School. It is then that the Teuck Tour group 
numbering 30 or 40 people walk liesurely from the Inn to the little red 
school house. As they turn down Dutton Road, the familiar ring of an 
old school bell greets their ears. A dignified retired school teacher is 
apt to shout out spontaneously across the stone w^ll: "0, Joe, are you 
the pet pupil?" Joseph, the faithful Tauck driver stands modestly on 
the big stone step ringing the be^l and if the "pupils" linger in the 
school yard, he annoimces that it is time for school to begin and that 

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i'rid&y, Sept. 12 - continued 

"teacher is inside". "Teacher" waits in the entry end bows to 
each "child" telling him or her that because it is the first day, he 
can take any seat in the room. Peals of laxighter are heard as fat men 
and large women try to wriggle into the little seats. It is necessary 
for two to sit at one desk. We wonder sometimes That would happen if a 
sudden jar shoiild interrupt the session. Mary would, in that case, find 
themselves seated upon the floorl The teacher tells the class that 
they are being somewhat noisy and this brings forth another peal of 
laughter. Kaxifie, the short, capable Tauck conductor appears about this 
time with a very long face, dragging his feet and slouches onto a bench 
in the front of the room. Joe enters with a highly polished apple and, in 
a bashful manner, presents it to the teacher. He takes a seat beside 
Kaufie in the front of the room facing the cla^s. The teacher then tries 
jfo conduct a History lesson about the school building itself. But there 
are many interruptions. The story of Mary and her lamb follows. The 
"children" are quiet. Some even weep a little as the picture of the 
sick lamb is given. Then Joe will take a dead fish (artificial) out of his 
pocket or Kaxifie pulls the trigger on a toy shot gunl All is calm again 
and the teacher goes on, finkally quoting the last verse of the poem. 

"And you , each gentle animal 
To you for life may bind 
And make it follow at yoiar call 
If you are always, kind." 

There is a complete silence after the last line and the teacher 
announces - "Let that be the lesson for the day - to be always kind." 
The card with the yarn from the first fleece of Mary's lamb is passed around. 
A few questions are asked; "What did Mar^- have?" Sometimes the answer 
is - "a dog" I Sometimes the "pupils" volunteer to recite poems which 
they have learned - ana many times a very fine poem is quoted with a very 
fine message. 

Joe suggests that the "class" sing School Days* 

School days, school days. 
Dear old golden rule days - 

The;/ sing loudly and whole heartedly. 

You wrote on my slate - 
I love you Joe l 

All eyes are on Joe. He bashfully turns his face toward the black 
board. , the "teacher" rings the bekl - and school is out. Thus ends another 
never-to-be-forgotten ifriday afternoon session at the Redstone School. 


Satiirday, Sept. 13, 19^ Pleasant 

Another wedding in the Martha-Mary Chapel took place this 
afternoon at A o* clock when Miss Virginia Moore Elims, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Carle ton Warren F.1 1 ir.p of Soutli Sudbury became the bride 
of Mr. Luther M. Child, Jr. The narriage was performed b^v the ilev. 
Leslie H. Barrett minister of the Congretional Church in Sudbury, 

The Chapel stood ready, pure white in the irannth of an early 
Autumn sim. It appeared serene and steady, its steeple pointing towards 
a blue Heaven as the bridal party approached. Inside, the familiar 
strains of the wedding march floated softly through the air. Delicate 
greens with Vihite flowers interspersed, decorated the altar. The Bride 
was tall and beautiful to look upon in an ivory taffeta gown. The full 
hoop skirt was trimmed with two large bow knots. 

A reception for the two hundred and twenty-five wedding guests 
followed in the large Ball room of the Inn. Guests then adjourned to 
the large dining room, sat at tables to be served a wedding supper con- 
sisting of chicken salad, potato chips, rolls, ice cream and cake. 

Many of the guests lingered long after supper to wave farewell 
to the couple who made their departure from the front door of the Inn. 
When the time came, we saw two hurried figures dash across the step into 
a waiting car. Swiftly the c-x travelled down the dirt road, accompanied 
by a cloud of dust, several tin cans, a pair of old shoes and a worn out 


Sunday, Sept. lA, 19^1 Pleasant 

Mr, and Mrs. Im Oberstag arrived late yesterday afternoon 
and are staying over for a few days. Toda;, the^' are visiting 
Cambridge and Radcliffe College from which Mrs. Oberstag was gradua- 
ted. During her four years in college as JTrances Bryant, lUrs. 
oberstag visited the Inn frequently and is remembered very pleasantly 
by members of the Inn family. 

Monday, Sept. 15, 19-41 Pleasant 

"Vife'll tell you a secret" said the Reverend Robert Lee 
Dvtton, placing his hand gently on the shoulder of a tall, good look- 
ing girl who stood beside him. "This party was arranged for a 
purpose. These tv/o friends (pointing to an older couple) have just 
been informed of our engagement". The Reverend Dutton is pastor of 
the Congregational Chxirch in Holden, Mass. and has been to the Inn 
several times. We were pledged to secrecy regarding the engagement. 
Members of the young man's parish are not to icnow about it for 
several weeks. 

I'uesday, Sppt. 16, 19iil Pleasant 

We were surprised to see Rozy leaning against a tree in the 
front yard. Rozy is Mr. Dame's bicycle and we haven't seen Mr. Dame 
for a long time. We learned that he had gone for a walk through the 
woods and would be back for tea late tids afternoon. 

At the tea table Mr. Dame greeted us in his soft-spoken, 
gracious manner and invited us to sit down. He speaks slowly, jet 
we know him to \he a quick thinkqr. In his modest va.y he told us of 
his plans to go to iiurope. He is travelling by clipper plane, next 
week. "I hate War. I'll have no part in promoting it. I only want 
to relieve the suffering caused by it" said our writer-friend. The 
Unitarian Service Committee has appointed Mr. Dame director of War 
Relief work in Jfrance and Spain. It is a purely non-sectarian com- 
mission supported by the Unitarian church. "Are you not taking a 
great risk in crossing on the Clipper?" we asked. "No more of a risk 
that riding Rozy to the T/ayside Inn on Route 20" answered Mr. Dame as 
he sipped uore tea and insisted on sharing the sandwiches. In oiir 
hand we held a copy of Mr. Dame's first book - "New England Comes Back" 
and we asked about his second book on the Yucatan. It is selling very 
well, we were told. Someday Mr. Dame expects to return to Mexico where 
he owns a tiny hut. 

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Tuesday, Sept. 16 continued 

It was early dinner time when Mr. Dame came into the 
Bar-room and spread himself over a corner of the settle. Mexican 
open-work sandals half covered his bare feet as he relaxed and 
looked out through tiny panes of glass to wooded hil^s beyond. In 
the twilight Mr. Dame became personal, intimate. It was as if 
every moment here was a precious jewel, something he would cherish 
and value always. The minutes seemed like hours. He told us that 
diuring the last week he had become engaged to a "handsome" young 
lady. Then he tip'-toed into the Parlor and wrote HER a letter. 

We were grateful for this short visit from a kind and 
true friend and told him so. "Why of course, I would come to the 
Inn before I left" he replied. 

Mr. Dame snd fiozy were hardly out of the yard when we 
hastened to the Parlor. We read once more the last verse of George 
iJ'aunce Whitcomb's poem. 

"Karewell then, old inn, for a spell 

I am off to join the ranks I 
Someday I may come back and tell 
Great tales myself - if not - farewell I" 

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 19^1 Very warm 

One particular boy in St. Pauls school, many years ago, 
was given a reward for not going swimming too early in the season. 
The reward was a visit to the Wayside Inn. The boy was a Mr. Amory 
who is now over 80 years old. He came to the Inu today, somewhat 
of an invalid, but perfectly clear in mind and able to recall vividly 
the incident, of coming to the Inn when a boy. "That was the usual 
treat" he said, "if I didn't go swimming I came to the Inn." Then he 
added: "But many times I didn't cornel" 

Thursday, Sept. 18, 19^1 Pleasant 

Seldom have we seen such devotion between mother and son as was 
shown today by a middle aged man and his old mother. They live in 
Worcester. The son, in shirt sleeves, escorted his moth.r through the 
rooms of the Inn with a beaming smile on his face as if he were getting 
the greatest pleasiu'e by having his mother at his side. "I take her evay- 
where" he said. "I take her to all the old houses. She enjoys them. 
She's been to Boston, Salem and all around". We learned that the woman 
is not verj well, her eyes are not good and she isn't able to do very 
much. We noticed that her son carried a bag of Wayside Inn corn meal 
under his arm. "^es ,thats for corn cake for Mother" he said. We 
suggested some Wayside Inn com cake, went to the kitchen, put some in 
a bag. Mother carried it home along with some molasses peppermints and 
horehound drops from oxir Sandwich glass dish. We also invited this dear 
old lady to come sometime and spend the day with us^ - to sit before the 
open fire and to have fainiliar things around her. 


JTriday, Sept, 19, 19^1 Pleasant 

Jiecent Kemarks 

Pleasant lady: "I was here 12 years ago. I liked 
your crisp, white dimity ciirtaiiis, went home 
and furnished my whole house with dimity 

JJ'rieiid with Mr. and Mrs. Crockett: "I»ve been 

dreaming about this place for years, 


Rev. Henrj- Wilds Siuith; "It is always a pleasure 
to come here because people seem so pleased 
to see me". 

Saturday, Sept. 20, 19^ Pleasant 

Perhaps more interested than any other guest on this busy 
*'all day , was Mrs. A. H, Proctor from Piedmont, California. She 
was born and broijght up in New England, but has lived in California 
for many yesxs. She spoke of an old Melodian T;^ich she carried from 
her old home to her new one on the West eoast. Her lii'e-long 
interest has been music. "I still hold a church position" she said 
and told us that she used to teach music and is a pipe organist. Mrs, 
Proctor appreciated the Inn from everj- view-point and expressed her 
sincere gratitude that it is being preserved. 


Sunday, Sept. 21, 1941 Pleasant 

every now and then deep shadows of the War drift across our 
horizon. They are coming .t more frequent intervals-. A man in khaki, 
a woman engaged in Defense work, a Red Cross knitter or a regugee 
from Abroad - one or all are apt to come into this old Tavern at any- 
time. We were not particularly surprised when the Baronne de Viliiers 
Terrage handed us her card today. The card read Baron and Baronne 
de Viliiers Terrage, but the Baronne explained that the Baron is in a 
German Prison Camp. She took a pencil, drew a line on the card, crossed 
out the word Baron. In that xine we felt hardship, suffering, yearning 
and despair. 

Monday, Sept. 22, 19^L Pleasant 

Tonight we were pleased to -welcome Lt. Commander and Mrs. 
Arthur A. Gilbert accompanied by Mr. Gilbert's mother. Soon after his 
arrival. Commander Gilbert informed us of his connection with the 
Wayside Inn Ho/^e family. He has made a very fine geneological chart 
which represents hours of research and painstaking work. He said he 
became interested in hunting up his ancestors when he saw the early 
Colonial exhibit at the Chicago Worlds Fair. But Mr. Gilbert had no 
idea that he was related to the Howe family and that they were the 
builders of this historic place. Then he d\ig into the records. 
Approximately 200 hours were spent in making the final chart. Imagine 
his pleasure in actually being at the Inn. His family branches off 
from Colonel Ezekiel Howe, the third and Revolutionary landlord. This 
evening was spent in looking at pictures of the Howe family and in 
reading Howe records. Before he leaves the vicinity of the Inn, Com- 
mander Gilbert expects to visit the homes of other Hew England ancestors 
and hopes to find the graves of some of the Howes. We expect the Gilberts 
will stay 2 or 3 days. He is on a two weeks leave of absence from the 
Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Illinois. 

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 19^1 Pleasant 

An elderly, yet rugged looking man wandered over to the old 
Spinet in the Parlor this evening and played an old New Sngland hymn, 
llien he looked at the pictxures of Loiigf ellow' s friends, Ole Bull, and 
the Young Sicilian, Luigi Monti. He becaae very much interested in the 
TeLLes of a Wayside Inn and the part they play in the history of this old 
house* He understood, and seemed to want more and more information, 
friends who accompanied the gentleman treated him as a distinguished 
guest. They listened intently to ever^ word he spoke, Finally one of 
the group volunteered to tell something about the man. His name is Harry 
W. Brown and he is Secretary to the Military Attache at the American 
Jbiobassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We wanted to ask Mr. Brown some 
questions and knew we could glean much valuable information from him, 

but he didn't want to talic about himself. He told us that 

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Tuesday, Sept. 23 - continued 

Rio de Janeiro means Mver of January but in reality there is 
no river. When the first eacplorers sighted the harbor they thought 
it to be a river. "I was bom in Greenfield, Massachusetts" said 
Mr. Brown, "but I am going to retire next June and live for the 
rest of xny days on a farm in Brazil". Hhen leaving, Mr. Brown 
graciously shook hands vith the hostess. His parting words were: 
"I shall always remember the Wayside Inn"» 

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 19A1 


The Candid Camera at the KUms-Child Wedding 


Saturday, Sept. 

13, 19a 

The Bride arriving at the Chapel 
Miss Virginia Ellms 


Wednesday, Sept. 24 - continued 

Hr» and Mrs. 

Luther M. Child ,jr. 

Brides mother, Urs. Carleton W. £llffls 

Bridesmaid and flower girl 


Thursday, Sept. 2$, 1941 Pleasant 

Another anniversary, this time their 5th, brought 
Mr. and Urs. Woodman to the Inn for dinner this evening. And there 
was another ring, presented at the same table where the couple sat 
last year. Last year the ring was a ruby, this year an amethyst. The 
waitress was the same too, making the time, the place, the table, 
the gift and the waitress exactly the same as on their last anniversary. 
Needless to say this repitition on such an important occasion pleased 
Ur. and Mrs. Woodman very much indeed. 

Friday, Sept. 26, 1941 Pleasant 

'i'wo Fridays ago, Mr. and Mrs. Summer Gage of Marlboro came 
to the Tnn for dinner bringing members jf their family. The Gages are 
neighbors, we might say, and are fond of the Inn. This Summer they 
took a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia and met the Mayor of the city. He 
presented Mr. Gage with a very fine book. Mr. Gage wanted to 
reciprocate in some way, so this evening bought Chamberlain's book - 
Longfellow's Wayside Inn, A Camera Impression, and sent it to his 
flrend the Mayor of HaliTax. We are glad to know that otjt Inn and our 
book served as such a friendly link. 

Saturday, Sept. 27, 1941 Pleasant 

It was very much like coming home to members of the Rice and 
Brigham families 7,-hen they arrived at the Wayside Inn this morning for i 
joint reimiou. For years, both Rice and Brighaa families have held 
reunions at the Inn, always in the Fall of the yaar« sometimes joining 
togegher. Today was a perfect one, warm and full of sunshine. About 
200 men, women and children were in attendance. A turkey dinner was 
enjoyed and freed^l^f the house and gra*2nds was given and appreciated by 
these many friends. The speaker on this occasion was Or. Alexander 
Hamilton Rice, geographer and explorer. So he is called by Who's Who 
which gives him a long colxuan. It tells of his various activities and 
honors conferred upon him. He has travelled extensively and told his 
audience today that into whatever part of the World he went, he always 
found a Rice. Brighams and Rices lingered long into the afternoon and 
made of the Inn a place they might well call their Annual home. 


Sunday, September 23, 19-41 Pleasant 

It is a temptation to say for today that nothing of special 
importance occurred; that the day passed without a notable guest or an 
unusual remark. Is it not enough, however, to record the fact that the 
Inn itself was here again today just as it was two hundred ana fifty- 
five years ago? It was ready, early this morning, to welcome any man, 
woman or ciiild who might come to its door. It served its purpose today 
as in 1686. Today, however, the Inn has had more to give to its guests, 
even more today than yesterday. The Inn, lilce a person, developer its 
character day by day. It mellows with age and experience; becomes strong- 
er, more influential* 

Monday, September 29> 19^ Pleasant 

After their days work today, 25 employees of the Dennison Man- 
ufact\xring Co. gathered at the Inn to have dinner and to hold a 
meeting. They were the Dennison Girls Club. One of the girls made 25 
favors of Dennison Crepe paper. These were gay colored umbrellas 
attached to gum drops. In each fold of the umbrella, which was partly 
closed, were white mint candies. These were placed on every table. After 
dinner the girls were eager to go through the house. They were very 
good listeners as the hostess told the story. Later in the evening the 
party adjourned to the Ball-room where a meeting was held. 

I'uesday, September 30, 19A1 Pleasant 

Recent Remarks 

Woman entering the old kitchen; "In the old days, the Heart of 
family life was in this room". 

t'&t boy, sighing; "You certainly feel full after eating here". 

Little girl looking at canopy bed; "Red Riding Hoods grandmother 
had a bed like this". 

Visitor; "I come to the Inn every time I am in this part of the 
country. I get homesick for it". 

Wednesday, October 1, 19-41 Pleasant 

Miss i'ielding, hostess, has handed in a report for the Diary and 
titled it tills way; "Sudbury atmosphere". The report follows; 

itOvernight guests at the Inn, coming from a large city, 
were highly ammused when they telephoned the Sudbury 
depot to send a telegram. The operator reported that 
"the man was out delivering a telegram and would not 
be back for about fifteen minutes". 


Thursday, October 2, 19^1 Pleasant 

A group of women -,vho Cdll themselves the "Mothers Club of 
Charlestoirvn" had luncheon here today - 29 in the party. 

A lovely lookixig group of girls of "teen age were here this 
afternoon to be shown around the Inn. They were Aowakiyo Camp Fire 
girls - 14 in all, and most of them very well dressed. We noticed an 
unusually large number of blondes among them. 

Dr. and Mrs. McCat» of Carmel, California were very 
appreciative visitors today. They told us about their own home which 
is a modern adaption of an old Norwegian house. Woodcarvers came from 
Norway to make the interior decorations, furniture is Norwegian antique. 

Friday, October 3, 1941 Pleasant 

Community Cooperation 

Editorial from the Boston Globe, Sept. 29, 1941 

Harry llice has a new bam out in Sudbury tliis morning, and 
Sudbury has demonstrated beyond dispute that the folkways 
of the New iiiigland village are still going strong. Betv/een 
breakfast time and sunset, Saturday, men from all over the 
town gathered vdth hammars and saws and ./hat have you, on 
the site of Harry's old cow barn (destroyed recently by fire). 
y«hen the las' plate of beans was eaten and the last doughnut 
dxinked, there the new barn stood, complete and triumphant. 

To some, this little episode may seem merely a cxirious episode. 
Actually, it was a pageant of New iingland history. It was a 
reminder that this part of the nation was founded in cooperative 
endeavor and good-neighborliness. It was a suggestion, use- 
fully dramatized, that the best ?/ay to run a coimnunit> it still 
the oldest way - the way in which citizens pull not in different 
directions, but together. 

Saturday, Oct. 4> 1941 Pleasant 

Mr. George Mutthew Adams, recent guest, has written about the Inn 
in one of his "Today's Talk" series. His style of v/riting is simple and 
philosophicaJL. He says about the Inn. "It would take a good sized Who's 
TTho of the great, the near great and the never-to-be-great to ennumerate 
all who have been served in thas delightful Inn You take some- 
thing away, and leave something behind, when youi' visit to this historic 
spot is at an end." 


Smidaj, October 5, 19^^- Pleasant 

iixactly 40 years ago today. Dr. and Mrs. Marsh spent 
their 3rd wedding anniversary at the Inn. Today was their 4.3rd 
anniversary. "^Forty years ago vve came in a carriage - an all 
day trip from Easton", said Mrs. Marsh. She pointed out the 
fact that in those days horses, dra>ving teams and Coirriages, 
needed rest as well as the weary traveller. 

Monday, October 6, 19^ Pleasant 

A tall young man and a short young woman stood in front 
of the open fire in the Bar-room this evening. They wanted to talk; 
the man about his school days at St. ^^iarks. St. **arks is only a 
short distance from the Inn and many of the graduates have fond 
recollections of coming here during their 4. years in Southboro. 
•^uch was the case od Mr. Watson. He was at St. Marks in 1933 and 
remembers coming to the Inn at that time. He spoke with quite a 
lot of sentiment about it. He told about other St. M.xks boys in 
the same class. After dinner the couple came back; asked about 
rooms for overnight. "You see we are planning to be married in 
December" said Mr. Watson, but our ^^lans are really very uncertain. 
I'm in the Navy, I'm leaving for my ship tomorrow morning". They 
lingered, wanted to be shown the rooms. We met this same couple 
later on, gazing at the stars. We suggested a walk to the Chapel. 
Last seen, ftatson and his bride-to-be were walking arm in arm under 
a full Autumn moon. They were going in the direction of the 
beautiful white edifice at the end of the road. 

Other dinner guests this evening were Dr. and Mrs. Gross. 
They are the people v/ho have recently piu'chased the Pearmain place, 
the Italian vill-like house which adjoins the Inn property on the 
Framingham road. They are being friendly and neighborly. They have 
"run in" to see us several times and tonight brought a party of 
eight friends to have dinner* Mrs. Gross has given us a cordial 
invitation to call upon them. They ara not people of great wealth, 
but they are thoroughly enjoying the spaciousness and seclusion of 
their new home. 

Tuesday, October 7, 19U Cloucy 

Most important arrivals today were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford, 
Mrs. Gaston Plantiff and Mr. Frank Campsall. They are occupying their 
usual rooms and expect to be here for several days. 

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Tuesday let.? - continued 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul I^an Sexton v/hose marriage two years 
ago today was followed by a reception at the Inn, were here this 
noon time with their six weeks old son. They prowdly introduced 
the Junior member of the family and had ixoncheon in celebration 
of the anniversary. 

Laurence *iart, impersonator of George Washington, 
paid us a visit again today. About once a year this tall gentleman, 
dressed in Colonial garb, strolls into the Bar-room like a v/alking 
vision from the past. He startles us for a moment. We wonder if 
a former guest has come to life. Mr. Hart provides a Washington 
program for schools and clubs. He is the only full time im^^ersonator 
of Vnashington in the World. 

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 19A1 Pleasant 

Only one name in the register book today, came between 
that of Lt. Commander Morse, U. S. Navy and that of Lt. Commander 
J. H. Hughan of the British Navy. Here was the War on our threshold. 
The two men metj exhanged greetings and enjoyed a trip through the 
Inn together. Commander Hughan of His Majesty's Ship, California - 
was born and bred in Scotland. He asked several questions about 
early American life; compared it to ways of living in old iingland. 
His last question: "Do you serve tea?" (pronounced tay). He stayed, 
wanted to say he bad partaken of his customary afternoon meal at the 
Wayside Inn. 

By noon time today, the house was filled with over one 
hundred people, mostly men, who had come to attend the meeting and 
luncheon of the Selectmens' Association of Worcester and Middlesex 
Coimties. The group was served in the large dining room. A meeting 
followed in the same room. 

Another group to be served luncheon today was composed of 
16 women - all past Directors of Womens clubs in Massachusetts. 

Thursday, October 9, 1941 Pleasant 

It is pleasant to have our landlord and his wife around th e 
house. They have a cheery word for everybody. They are gracious 
and hospitable as guests recognize them and wish to shake hands. 

At one o'clock noon today, one hundred and seventy- three 
farmers and their wives from Pairie states in the west, arrived at 
the Inn. They came to have luncheon ana to go through the house. They 
call themselves Prairie Farmers. Once a year, for several years, we 
have entertained a group under this name. 



Friday, October 10, 1941 Pleasant 

An extremely modest gentleman, short in statiire, hovered 
in the background of a group going throiigh the Inn this aiternoon. 
i?'riends with whom he came, informed us that he had tuned Ignace 
Paderewski's piano I His name is iiiton Davis - a piano timer from 
Irwin, Pennsylvania. Piano tuning is not Mr. Davis chief business 
at present. He told us, however, that he is often called in for 
special service. Among other famous pianos Mr. Davis has tuned, 
is one owned by Mary Roberts Rhinehart. 

Saturday, October 11, 19-41 Pleasant 

After a very busy day, due to the approaching holiday, 
we entertained this evening, thirty- three men and women attending 
a convention in Boston. They were people who furnish supplies to 
Bakery houses. 


Sunday, Oct. 12, 1941 Pleasant 


The day was more than pleasant, it was glorious - a 
Heaven-sent day when the sky was a perfect blue, the trees in 
rust, yellow and brown dress, the air crisp. Hundreds of people 
flocked to the Inn. For most of them it was the urge to be 
near autumn foliage, stone walls and red apples which brought 
them here. Several hundred enjoyed dinner, after which they 
walked to the school. Chapel and Mill. Others spent part of 
their day browsing through the Inn sitting near the open fires 
or listening to the story of the house. 

Monday, Oct. 13, 19^ Pleasant 

The holiday is being observed today with stores, 
manufacturing plants and business houses closed. Because of this, 
we again entertained hundreds of guests. Like yesterday, the 
day was a clear, fine one. There is a stir of excitement through 
the Inn as guests discover that our landlord and his wife are here. 
Many have shaken hands vith Mr. Ford. Others have asked for his 
autograph. It is enough for us to know that he is herej that he 
takes pleasxire in sharing for a time the traditions and assocaiations 
of this old Inn. 

Tuesday, Oct. lA, 19^ Pleasant 

A roaring fire burned on the hearth of the oOLd kitchen 
this afternoon as preparations ere made for an old kitchen dinner. 
Massie, our cook, was on hand and the waitress was garbed in the 
usual Puritan gray costume with large white kerchief. Roast beef, 
vegetables and Indian Pudding were ready to be served vv^hen the 
guests arrived at 7 o'clock. The party was given by Mr. Edwin 
Sheak of Brookline, Mass. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ford and peirty left during the latter part of 
the afternoon for their home in Dearborn, Michigan. 

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 194L Pleasant 

Raymond Massey,the actor, was here today. He was discovered 
by two young sailors. They saw him coming down the front walk, ran 
into the house, greatly excited, and said: "Tli/ho do you suppose is 
here?" Then they told us. Mr. Massey is tall and stopped, deep lines 
in his face and a cleft chim like the Lincoln whom he portrayed in 
both stage and screen production of "Abe Lincoln of Illinois". Mrs. 
Massey accompanied her husband saying in a modest way - "I am only 
Mr. Massey* s wife." 

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Wednesday, Oct. 15 - continued 

The sailors, one from Detroit and one from Columbus, 
Ohio told an interesting story. They were touring New j£ngland» 
itinds were low. Today they had exactly enough money to take them 
to Cape Cod and back to Ohio, but not enough money to buy food. 
Plans were, they said, to go without food for four days in order 
to see the country. 

Thursday, Oct. 16, 1941 Pleasant 

A very nice letter has come this week froia Mrs. Dorothea 
Moretti, recent guest, who is a refugee from Italy. Her husband, 
Ginseppe Moretti, was a well ioiown sculptor and many of his works 
appear in public parks here in the United States. The latter part 
of Mr. Moretti 's life was spent in Italy he died in 1935* 
Mrs. Moretti continued to live in their Villa until two years ago 
when she was forced to flee because of the War. The Villa is now 
in charge of a caretaker and Mrs. Moretti writes: "I left so many 
of my books in our Villa in Italy and among them my histories of the 
United States." Mrs. Moretti became very intersted - on a previous 
visit to the Inn - in a military order which is hanging in the 
Washington room - written by Washington himself to General John 
Glover. Mrs. Moretti 's cousin, John D. Long, married a Miss Glover 
and her ancestor was the General Glover to whom Washington addressed 
his order. Consequently Mrs. Moretti went to the Boston Library, 
copied there a sketch of the life of General Glover which she kindly 
enclosed in her letter. A pathetic touch to the letter was written 
in these words: "When you are in Boston sometime, I shall be glad to 
show you my Italian photographs of my Villa and the Mediterranean Sea, 
(More in the Diary about Genersil Glover , later) . 

Friday, Oct. 17, 19A1 Pleasant 

It was a pleasure to conduct the English Club of the 
Brookline High School through the Inn this afternoon. They were 
jolly boys and girls - fiill of giggles, but underneath we sensed an 
appreciation of the Inn which is best expressed by one of hte 
pupils herself. She said: "Gee, I want to live in a house just 
like tnis". 

Mr. J. 6. Campbell who has recently become quite famous 
because of a Saturday Evening Post ««t- story about hire and his work, 
was a guest today. He wanted his sister to see the Wayside Inn where 
he lived for several months while constructing our Grist Mill. He 
walked to the Mill, renewed old acquaintances . His offices are in 


Satiirday, Oct. 13, 1941 Pleasant 

The JEieverend L. H. Barrett of the Congregational Church 
in South Sudbury, officiated this noon at a wedding in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel. The bride was Miss Col ton of Boston who married 
Mr. C. B. IShiteside of Andover, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Whiteside have 
firends in Sudbiuy and on a previous visit here, admired our 
Chapel very much, "lliey wrote, asking if they might have the use 
of the Chapel for their approaching msirriage. Only intimate, friends 
and relatives were invited. The company numbered ten. Miss Msher 
played the organ. Afterwards the party came to the Inn where a 
wedding luncheon was served in the old Dining room. 


Oct- 9« Mr. Charles Lorenzo Clark, 38, inventor and associate of 
Thomas iUiison - who installed the historic ixiison electric lighting 
central station system in New York in 1382. Mr. Clark lived in 
Newton, Mass. and came to the Inn with Mr. i'rancis Jehl in August, 1937. 

Oct. L4» George A. Fay, 76, associated ith his father in operating 
the old Marlboro, Worcester stage-coach line. The coach was purchased 
by Mr. Ford and is now on display in the barn across the road from the 

Oct. 17. Dr. Frank 0. Heill, New lork City, one of the oldest members 
of the Wayside Inn Retreat group. 



Sunday, Oct. 19, 1941 


Recent Pictures 

Mrs. Luther Child 

Ur. and Mrs. C. B. WLiteside 


I ll-l-ife!7 

i^^*^-^Tm^' ^^' 

Grist Mill 

ViAYiilDli INN DiAiiY 

Monday, Oct. 20, 19-41 Pleasant 

An explanation of the trundle bed always excites interest. 
People are intrigued with the idea of conserving space by pushing the 
roped frame under a big bed. They pictiire children sleeping on an 
improvised matress. They imagine several youngsters herded together 
on the wide, low bed. Never before have they seen or heard of a 
trundle bedl But if they had only read i;.ugene Field; his poems, 
A Dutch Lullaby and Little Boy Blue I In both of these Field mentions 
the Trundle bed. We remember Ti^mken, Blynken ana Nod and how they 
sailed off in a wooden shoe. 

"Wynken and Blynfcen are two little eyes 
And Nod is a little head 
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies 
Is a wee one*s trundle bed" 

And in Little Boy Blue - we remember how Boy Blue put his toys away and 

"Ho, don't you go *til± I come 
And don't you make any noise I 
So toddling off to his trundle bed 
He dreamdd of the pretty toys I" 

T-uesday, Oct. 21, 19^ Pleasant 

The first meeting of the season ;inder Professor tJchell's 
supervision was held tonight. His group is composed of professors, 
doctors, lawyers ana other professional men. They meet here once a 
month through the winter season; they have dinner, then adjourn to the 
old kitchen where deep descussion goes on till near eleven o'clock. 
Sometimes pictxires are shown, a travel talk is given or a famous 
explorer tells of his experiences. But laways, there is talk. Before 
dinner the guests gather in the Bs.r-room. They greet one another. . 
they make polite conversation. It is not long however, before the 
talk drifts into International affairs, the very latest news of the 
War or something political here it home. And there is wit, delicious 
stories to make one la\igh, heartily. Professor Schell is a perfect 
host. He loves the Inn through years of intimate association. He 
never lets a season go by without bringing together his monthly 
group of "The Waysiders". 

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1941 Pleasant 

The League of Catholic Women from Lawrence, Mass. journeyed 

to the Inn today and enjoyed a trip throuh the house. They numbered 




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Sunday, Oct. 19, 19^1 


Recent Pictxzres 

Urs. Luther Child 

Ur. and Mrs. C. B. Wldteside 

Grist Mill 


•Xiaxrsdy, Oct. 23, 19A1 .* Cloudy 

News has come of the death of our dear friends, Mr. and 
Mrs. George F. Gookin. Mr. Gookin died in the early summer, Mrs. 
Gookin this week. We will never forget the Gookins. They came to 
the Inn in recent years because they remembered it so well in the 
past. They had a geniiine love of the surrounding countrj' here. 
Bent and stcoped, both of them, they came from their tiny apartment 
in the city (Cambridge) to which they had retired after a busy life 
of work and not very much play. They came once a week or once in 
every two weeks. They came on fair days and in stomy weather. But 
always there was sxinshine in the house when the Gookins arrived. 
We always felt brightness .ind warmth in their hsarts. They spoke 
often of their early married life when both worked at their respective 
places of business through the week. Then on Sunday they would 
pack a lunch, board a train for Sudbury, walk two miles from the depot 
over to the Inn. Walks were taken during the day and rest stops 
made along the dirt roads or in the woods. They remembered certain 
trees where they had sat - back in the 1390*3. Sometimes they would 
eat their iimch sitting on the front doorstep of the Inn. They 
remembered every detail of those visits and re-newed thei"^ memories 
on every visit in recent years. The Inn has lost two dear friends. 
So have we all. 

friday, Oct. 24, 1941 Pleasant 

The dancing classes are in full swing. Tonight for the 
first time this season, the boys had the pleasure of dancing with 
girls. A group of girl scouts came from the town of Cochituate to 
act as partners. They are nice looking girls and have had some 
previous experience ir old fashioned dancing. We hope they will 
prove to be congenial companions for the boysc 

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1941 Pleasant 

A Ford Cot^e drove into the parking space late this 
Autumn morning. A boy and a girl quickly hopped out of it - almost 
danced to the rear compartment where they unloaded two bicycles. 
They laid the wheels gently on the groiind. The girl tied a scarf 
over her head, llxs boy and girl both looked up at the sky, then 
looked across the road to the Inn. They gazed for several minutes 
at the foliage. They took their places on the bicycles and headed 
towards the dirt road which leads through the woods. Later we saw the 
same couple pedaling along Dutton Road; the Autumn leaves in their 
best array, the sun shinning on two youthful heads. 


Siinday, October 26, 19^1 Pleasant 

Once a year at least, a visit is paid the Inn by students 
from the Atlantic Union College in So. Lancaster, Mass. Today two 
of their number, Mr. and Mrs, Albert C. Lotze held a wedding breakfast 
in our large dining room. There were about 30 friends of the bride 
and groom present. The party lasted until late in the afternoon. 
Mr. and Birs. Lotze decided to spend the night here. 

Monday, October 27, 1941 Pleasant 

Delightful overnight guests tonight were Dr. and Mrs. 
Seeley G. Mudd from Pasadena, California. Their son, 16 years, travelled 
from Pasadena, last September, to enter a private school in the xittle 
old town of Deerfield, Mass. "We thought it would be good for him to 
have the experience of attending sdjol in Mew Jiiigland", said Mrs. Mudd. 
A long distance telephone call was made to the boy and a promise given 
that he would see his parents in the ver^ near future. 

Tuesday, October 28, 19^1 Pleasant 

Talk around the Inn these days centers on Miss deMille and her 
approaching marriage to Mr. iituart Hoppin. BSr. Hoppin is a composer and 
works in a Music Publishing Hoxise in Boston. An amusing coincidence, if 
you would call it such, is the title of Mr. Hoppin* s latest work and the 
approaching event. The peice is called "The Present Crisis" from James 
Russell Lowell's poeml Miss deMille is getting her share of teasing 
about this particular incident. 

Mr. Dd Cutler arrived froii* Dearborn early this morning and 
will work here for a few days in connection with the new heating system. 

Wednesday, October 29, 19^1 Pleasant 

Margaret DeLand, authoress, visited the Inn today. Her latest 
book, "Golden Yesterdays" is coming out this very day. Other books that 
she has written are: 

"Awakening of Helena Ritchie" 

"The Iron Woman" 

"Old Chester Tales" 

"Dr. Lavendar's People" 

Thursday, October 30, 19iU Pleasant 

October 30th marks two important events, the birthday of the 
new saw mill on Dutton Road and the birthday of Ralph J. Sennott, Jr. - 
five years old today. 

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Thursday, October 30 - continued 

A party for 60 news boys who won honors in a contest sponsored 
by the Pavrbucket (R.I.) Times, were treated to a luncheon attke Wayside 
Inn today. They ate in the large dining room; toured the house and 
grounds. Comment from one enthusiastic boy: "This is the best place 
I've ever been". 

Friday, October 31, 19^+1 Partly cioudy 

Hallowe'en brings gaiety to the Inn. The large Ball room was 
filled tonight with appropriate symbols; cob-webs, witches, piompkins, 
corn stalks, and ghosts. Festoons of orange and black paper spread a dim, 
fantastic glow over the viaole room. The boys from our school arrived 
shortly after supper, to be admired and praised for their ingenious 
costumes. Icabod Crane was here, carrying his head in his hands I He was 
dressed in an elegant suit, black flowing cape ctnd high white boots. 
We saw one of the new little boys transformed into a very sweet girl. 
Miss Fisher and Miss deMille, hostesses who play the piano and violin 
respectively, were garbed in bathing suits of the gay nineties era. Miss 
i'isher wore the suit for a lady while Miss deMille was the gallant 
gnetleman partner with a curly black moustache, painted on her upper lip I 
There were cowboys, tramps, gypsies, a barrel of fun walking around and 
several we could not identifyl Doughnuts and cider were passed during an 
intermission. The rest of the evening was spent in old fashioned dancing. 

A group of fourteen nurses who were all located in Philadelphia 
several years ago, assembled in our old kitchen tonight for an annual get- 
together. At present all are working in or near Vvorcester. Most of -chem 
are responsible positions: head nurxes etc. This evenings' dinner and 
unexpected Hallowe'en paiy provided an especially nice treat for them. 

Saturday, November 1, I94I Rain 

Alie most important news of today is th^t we are having rain - 
a good hard down pour all day long and badly needed. Wells are unusually 
low, the vround ver^- dry. Tonight an old kitchen dinner was held; the 
rain beating hard against the windows. The kitchen seemed especially cozy- 
meat cooking on the spit and vegetables boiling over the open fire. Mr. 
Mann and his eleven guests sat aown to eat at 7 o'clock. 


Sunday, November 2, 1941 Pleasant 

Many grown-ups bring their chilaren to see the Inn. Today that 
situation was reversed. A small boy brought his parents. We noticed a 
broad grin on the face of a small boy as he lingered near the front door. 
He seemed to want to say something but was bashi'ul about it. We spoke to 
him. Then the explanation caine forth. "I camehere once before with the 
Dovming Street School children from Worcester", said the boy, "so today 
I brought them" - pointing to an adoring middle-aged couple, his father 
and mother. 

Monday, November 3, 1941 Pleasant 

The Champion Cow-girl of the World, Miss Vivian White, visited 
the Inn this afternoon. Dressed in long, dark blue pants and wearing a 
checkered flannel shirt. Miss White went through the house, then stayed 
for a meal in the dining room. Al'terwards she bought post cards and told 
us modestly, that she is now playing in a show in Boston. Recently she 
won, for the second time, the above title- The contest was held in 
Maaison Square Garden, New lork. 

Tuesday, November 4,, 1941 Pleasant 

Miss Jisher has received a package of letters, all written by 
i-upils in the Cambridge School, Inc., 34 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, Mass. 
Pupils of this private school visited the Inn last week; Miss Fisher showed 
them around. Quotations from some of the letters: 

"I liked the kitchen and the bar best because they looked 
so friendly. This is the first year I have been in 
America and I liked the trip especially." 

George Bibring 

"I am sure I would like to live near there it is so country 
like ana peaceful with the sheep and brook near the old Mill." 

Caroline Lewis '*' 

Dick Buss ended his letter this way: 

"Another room I likea was the kitchen and some cold 
night would like to eat there, but I will not bore you, but 
I must say that the whole trip was just plain swell." 

Wednesday, November 3, 1941 Partly Cloudy 

More visitors connected with the Rodeo show now playing in 
Boston, appeared toaay. Best known was Mrs. Gene Autry - wife of the 
famous cowboy singer. 

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Wednesday, November 5 - continued 

We are also enjoying many people Irom the convention of the 
American College of Surgeons being hei.a in Boston this week. Two 
Chicago aoctors hired an ola car the other evening, drove to the Inn, 
They stayed for dinner, went through the house, sat in front of the 
Bar-room fire 'till a late hour. iLvery day this week we have met 
doctors and their wives from distant parts of the country. 

Thursday, November 6, 1941 Kain 

This afternoon an hour was spent in reading the little book 
presented to the Library by Mrs. j?"ord on her last visit to the Inn. 
The book is called: "The Master of the Inn" ana written by Robert 
Herrick. As we read on through the short pages, we coiiidn't help but 
compare the Inn described by Mr. Herrick to our own Wayside Inn. The 
Master of the Inn kept a house up amon^i the hills in Vermont where men 
came from the cities j men who had been scorched hy the heat of living 
and had faltered ana doubted the goodness of life. There was also a 
farm ana a school; a workshop and cottages for needy boys. And like 
the Wayside Inn, peace and rest was found there, putting into men's 
hearts the feelint^ that life is worth livinji. "God, what peace to him who 
has escaped from the fiimace men make I It is as if (the traveller) haa come 
all the way to the end of the world and found here a great still room 
of peace." 

i'riday, November 7, 1941 Pleasant 

An amusing incident occurred this evening. The hostess was 
about to take an order for dinner from an attractive young couple, 
when suddenly without being seen by his girl friend, the boy handed 
the hostess a piece of paper on which was written the following: 

"On the bacii seat of my car (a green ford cabriolet, license 
No. 60^,970) you will find a birthday cake. Please retrieve 
it and serve it to us at the proper moment. Thank you. 

u, K. Stanford" 

We retrieved the cake as directed. The box contained one of 
the most charming birthday caites we have ever seen. It was small, 
covered with a chocolate icing and in simple yellow lettering was 
this inscription: 

Marjorie is 


years old 

Around the edge of the cake were exactly 21 yellow canoxesl 
A very sweet gesture, we thought, ana from a fine looking young man. 
In HM presence, he made the remark that several years would have to 
pass before she looked her age I 


Satiirday, November 8, 1941 Pleasant 

At twilight we baara a tinckle on the Spinet in the Parlor ana 
the strains ol" "Way aown upon the Swanee Kiver" drifted through the house. 
There were only a few guests here. Dr. Hanson and his wife and others in 
the dining rooE. Then Biiss fisher's rich voice followed with the words - 
"there's where the old folks stay" - Dr. Hanson i^uietly walked across the 
hall, sat down on the Parlor sofa. A hostess stood in the doorway. Miss 
Fisher turnea the pages of the music book, began, "Drink to me only with 
thine eyes". One song followed another. Miss Fisher sang naturally, 
easily. fiJrs. Hanson joined the group, other guests were drawn to the 
doorway. It was just at the close of day. A beautiful setting ana a 
beautiful way of ending a busy day. We wished that every day could ena 
in the same way - with a few old songs, played upon the old spinet. 


Sunday, Nov 9, 19^L Pleasant 

We are going to mention for today's news, two guests 
who did not come to the Inn I We had been informed during the 
past week that on Sunday (today) we would have here Mr, Gene 
Autry and Mr. iiJric Stroheim. The former is the cowboy actor and 
singer whose wife visited the Inn recently. The latter is the 
actor-director from Hollywood. We watched for them all day, but 
neither one appeared I 

Monday, Nov 10, 19^1 Pleasant 

Small boy to hostess: "I wonder if you could be helpful 
to me as a peice of information and tell me what this thing is in the 
old kitchen?" 

Teddy 9> talking about his yovinger brother: "You know 
Roger is just fascinated with this place". 

Hostess to small boy: "Put some if this candy in your ^-ocket". 
Small boy after filling one pocket: "I have another pocket I" 

Tuesday, Nov 11, 19iU Pleasant 

Armistice Day 

Holiday crowds filled the Inn today. 

Overnight guests last night were Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Glover. 
A year ago this past Summer IJlr* Glover a ranged the Ford Summer Radio 
programs. He is a composer. He also arranges programs for such well 
known movie stars as Fred Astaire, Gracie Allen and Bing Crosby. 

Wednesday, Nov 12, 19^ Pleasant 

A recent guest who enjoyed the Inn verj much, was a Mr. 
Bowdish from Brookville, Pa. He was Sii. years old and his wife 23 years. 
Both were intereting and friendly. Mr. Bowdish is a former music 
teacher and now makes cabinet work his hobtiy. He fondled the wood 
in the old pieces of furniture as if he loved the texture and ran his 
hands over the smooth patina of the surface. He saw many old things 
in the kitchen which reminded him of his youth. Going out the door, 
Mr. Bowdish made the remark that he felt like 84 years when he came in, 
but on leaving this charming place he felt like 9 years old again I" 



Thursday, Nov 13, 19^1 Pleasant 

"Sons of l'\in" a play similar to "Hell's a Poppin" which ran 
so successfully in New York, is now being seen in Boston. Today we 
had the pleasiire of entertaining Mar got Brender, one of the cast in 
Sons of ^un. She was accompanied by l^'rank Libuse, comedian. 

The Erliddlesex County Alumni Associatiop of the Massachusetts 
State College had a cinner-meeting here this evening with 89 in 
attendance. Moving pictures of the college campus were shown. The 
coach of tills years Kootball team was the guest speaker. 

Friday, Nov 14, 19-41 Pleasant 

Miss deMille has played her violin for the boys dancing 
class during many winter months. She has taught a few of the Wayside 
Inn boys to play the violin. It might be well to say here that 
Miss deMille has worked at the Inn for 14 years. She has performed 
her work faithfully and well. She has been loyal to the Inn and to 
her employer. Tonight the boys of the school w:.inted to honor Miss de 
Mille, to express their thanks for her services to them. At a proper 
time during the evening when all the boys were present, a gift was 
given to the slim, stright violinist who is to be married next week to 
Mr. Stuart Hoppin. The present was a copy of an old copper Chinese 

Saturday, Nov 15, ig^U Pleasant 

Most important event of this day w^s the presentation to 
Miss deMille of a v/edding gift from the Wayside Inn family. The 
presentation could hardly oe called a ceremony. It was informal in 
everj respect. lIThen the bride-to-be came into the large dining room at 
noon time to take her place at what we call the "family table", there 
awaited her two large boxes. At the same time all the women working in 
the kitchen and pantry and front of the house appeared. Gathered 
arotind the table were old friends, jumiia in her blue dress and apron, who 
has been here all during Miss deMille' s time, Agnes as head waitress in 
white - Miss Staples who has worked side by side with Miss deMille for 
11 years and Miss Ryan irom the office. It was a fine tribute to see 
everyome in the house present at this farewell time. The gifts were 
\inv;rapped.^ One box contained a solid silver reproduction of a Paul 
Revere bowl, marked Paul Revere and typical of the beauty and simplicity 
of his work. The other package held a pair of solid silver candle sticks to mate 
the bowl. Miss deMille was gracious and sweet in her thanks. This is her 
last working day at the Inn. 


Sunday, November l6, 19^1 Pleasant 

Breakfast Vrac served to a party of 3 this 
morning v;ith Mr. an^ Mrs. LeSourd as host and hostess. 
Mr. LeSouru is associated v.ith Boston University and 
usually brings notable guests with him. In his group 
today were Smith JohnFon v.ho has recently come into print 
through the iveaders Digest. He runs a model factory at 
Midcilefield, Ohio. Other distingiaished guests were, Mrs. 
Thurbia Thomas Tromberg, sister of Loxvell Thomas, radio 
news commentator and Mr. A. V* . Morrison head of the Ency- 
clopedia Brittanica. 

Monday, November 17, 19^1 Pleasant 

A letter has co-,e in the mail this morning from 

our friend Mrs. Vvillard H. Jencks, v.ife of the President 

of St. Lav.Tence University, Canton, Nev. York, Part of the 
note reads as follov.-s: 

"I hope you Viill let me spend the day 
(Thanksgiving) with you again" 

Mr. and Mrs. Jencks have a son who is a student 
at the Massachusetts Institute oi Technology. In the past 
they have spent several days here, bringing son Kimball for 
a rest from strenuous student activities. 

The 5th grade class from the Bright School, Vial- 
tham, Mass. visited the Inn this afternoon. They were 
equipped vith writing naper and pencils. Many notes were 
jotted down as Miss Fisher told the story of the Inn. 

Tuesday, November 18, 19^1 Pleasant 

Preparations are well under way for the Thanks- 
giving feast which will be served this year in Massachusetts 
a v«eek earlier than the traditional time. This is in 
accordance with a Governor's Proclamation v.hich changed the 
date for the convenience of men in military service. Therefore 
our Thanksgiving Day will be next Thursday - the day after tomorrow 
The kitchen is buzzing v>ith the usual pre-holiday soirit and 
the smell of mince pie, turnip, fruit pudding and turkey is oozing its way into the front part oi the house. Favors 

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Tuesday, November IS, 191.1 (continued) 

for the guests this year are miniature Gorn-v=:heJLJ.ers iii^e 
the large old sheller made from a tree stump ^^(hich stands 
just inside the front door of the Inn. The boys made the 
favors in their vvood v.orking shop. Hostesses are preparing 
to fill then v.ith candy in the shape of corn kernels. 

Wednesday, November 19, 19^1 ViJarm 

A holiday atmosphere is in full swing today. 
Overnight guests are arriving early. Parents are bringing 
their children from nearby schools. The telephone is ringing 
for last minute reservations. Corn stalks and pumpkins and 
beautiful fruit displays are being arranged. Dinner orders 
are recorded as to name, time and number. In the kitchen - 
?;ell, in the kitchen it is hardly necessary to say that plenty 
of Thanksgiving gobblers are undergoing proper treatment. V'e 
art inclined to think of the turkey as the most important part 
of the festivities. But let us pause for a moment to remember 
the real significance of Thanksgivingj to give a prayer of 

"May v/e never be satisfied to enjoy plenty 
so long as any hu^jan being is hungry. May 
v/e express our gratitude for nature's gifts 
not in v.ords a"* one, but also in the high 
purposes for which v.e live and in the kindli- 
ness of our deeds" 

Thursday, November 20, 194-1 Pleasant - warm 


The day of days; not only is this Thanksgiving day 
itself, but as also the V;edding Day of Miss Muriel de Mille, 
Wayside Inn hostess for .^4- years. The v/edaing does and rightly 
should over shadov. all other events of the day. It v^as just 
dark when the v.'edding guests gathered at the Martha-Mary Chapel. 
Many stood outside the beautiful white edifice waiting for the 
Bridal party to arrive. They also wanted to see the principal 
guests - Mr. and Mrs. Ford. The latter came all the way from 
Dearborn, arriving this morning, to be present at the ceremony 
which performed 'cy Reverena Harry C.Meyer of Fram.ingham. 

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Thursday, Noveruber 20, 1941 (continued) 

Flickering candles in the windoii'S of the Chapel and at the 
altar gave a dim religious light v.hich further enhanced the 
sacredness of the occasion. The bride v.a^^ked up the aisle on 
the arm of her father, Mr. Rufus S, deMille. She was pre- 
ceded by her sister Mrs. Richard H. Davis as matron of honor. 
At the altar she Tiet the groom Mr. Stuart 3. Hoppin - a long 
time friend. 

From the Chapel, the Bridal p^rty and friends came 
to the Inn for a reception in the large Ball room. Refreshments 
were served and many had the pleasure of congratulating Mr. and 
Mrs. Hoppin and also the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Ford. 
Mrs. Hoppin is a very sweet person and v.ill be greatly missed 
by those who have worked v;ith her. She came dov?n the front stairs 
today in a beautiful v.hite v^edding gown. Half -way down she thres- 
her wedding bouquet. There in the front hall where she has stood 
so many times to greet V.'aysiae Inn guests, she bid iareweil to 
her real host and hostess and to members of the Wayside Inn family. 

Thanksgiving dinners v.ere served to hundreds of people 
and among them we saw many of our old \7ayside Inn friends. For 
instance we talked for a fev minutes with Mr, ana Mrs. Bryant - 
friends of the Inn in Mr. Lemon's time and still coming. Mrs. 
Bryant made a very nice remark. She said "you know, when we come 
here for Thanksgiving we feel as if we were coming to great 
grandmother's house." Other friends v/e encountered were Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Bowen new tenants in our old V:alker house. After 
dinner, Mr. Bowen pulled the hostess to one side, told her: 
"This is my mother's first Thanksgiving av/ay from home. She had 
a struggle coming in - tears in her eyes. Now she says she is 
g.^ad she cam.e. Had rather be here than anywhere else away from 
home . " 

Friday, November 21, 1941 Pleasant 

About 20 little girls, som.e in Girl Scout uniforms, 
visited the Inn this afternoon. They were children of officers 
and non-commissioned officers stationed at Fort Devens, Mass. 
iMany of them have lived in foreign countries. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ford lelt for i^earborn late this afternoon. 

Among our holiday guests staying over both Wednesday 
and Thursday nights were Mr, and Mrs. C. G. Hoffman of Tuxedo 
Park, New York, with son Billy. Another son is attending St. 

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Friday, November 21, 194-1 (continued) 

MarV;s School in Southboro. Mr. Hoffman attended Oxford Uni- 
versity in England in the same class Viith i<iv.ard of Vvales - 
the present Duke of Y/indsor, 

Saturday, November 22, 194-1 Pleasant 

Mr. Ed\^ard S. V.olston told us today vrith a great 
deal of pride that his mother had played the piano for Ole 
Bull. It v*as at a concert in Boston. The piano accompanist, 
scheduled to play, y^as unable to be there. An appeal was made 
to the audience. Mr. Wolston's mother, then Miss Mabelle 
Shannon, volunteerea to play. It. was a prouti moment in her liie. 
The story was passed down from mother to son. 

This is the day of the Harvard-Iale Football game 
being played in Cambridge. This evening 19 young people from 
Harvard journeyed to the Inn after the game to partake of an 
old kitchen dinner. It was also a Birthday party. 


Sunday, November 23, 19^ 


The family of the late Mr. Daniel Austin Howe of 
Worcester, Mass., met here today for their third reunion. 
Three daughters and three sons with their families sat 
do?m for dinner at 12 o'clock. There were 17 in all - 
and all descendants of the original Howe family who built 
the Inn. 

We had a novel experience today. We entertained a 
football team. They were from St. Mary's College in Cali- 
fornia. The team played Fordham University in New York City 
yesterday afternoon. Toaay the whole party which included 
friends of the Californian team came to Boston, then motored 
out to the Inn for (Sinner. There were 84. in the group. 

Miss Sheehan entertained members of a church choir at 
dinner in the Old Kitchen this evening. The party numbered 
six - including Father O'Connor and four faithfiil choir 

Monday, November 2^, 19^ 


Several acres across the road from the Inn are being 
plowed up for the first time in several years. Ford tractors 
were used in the plowing process as seen in pictures 


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Monday, November 2^., 1941 (continued) 

Tuesday, November 25, 194.1 


This picture of Muriel de Mille Hoppin was taken on 
th4 last day oi" her being with us as a hostess. She left 
November 13 after serving faithf Tilly for 14 years. She 
was married on Thanksgiving day, November 20, in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel to Sir. Stuart Hoppin. 



Wednesday, November 26, 1941 Pleasant 

Recent Guests 

Ann Bridge (Mary O'Malley) English authoress. Books; 
"Enchanters Nightshade", "Pekin Picnic" and "Illyrian Spring". 

Dr. Thomas 'Aright, U. S. Navy doctor from Iceland. 
Remeirked: "The Inn reminds me of houses in Iceland, in the 
niral districts. There the natives keep warm by hearth fires, 
have Spring houses to store provisions, raise sheep.' 

After seeing the house under the guidance of a hostess 
one of our recent guests remarked to her friend: "Now after 
seeing this I feel as if my education is complete." 

Thursday, November 27, 19.41 Pleasant 

One of our friends dropped into the Inn this morning 
to read us his latest poem. The title of the poem, "My 
Gal" and the poet Mr. tikiward H. Richards. Mr. Richards 
lives in iioceter. New Hampshire and comes this way once in 
a while to tell us about his poems. He decided to stay for 
lunch. At the dining table he scribbled off this one. 

"As a Yanicee Sees It" 

There's somethin' sort o' gets yer 

In the grand old Wayside Inn 
That makes you wanta linger 

An pass this way agin' . 
Maybe it's but fancy 

But I like to think it's true 
That the spirit of the Poet 

Sits beside and welcomes you. 

Friday, November 28, 1941 Pleasant 

Sometime ago a guest suggested that we provide a bench 
on which people could sit while waiting for Busses. The 
seat shown in the picture on the next page was made by 
Wayside Inn carpenters and is proving to be very useful. 
Not infrequently do we see Bus passengers enjoying this 
comi'or table waiting place. 



Satxirday, November 29, 1941 


Eight Girl Scouts from the little town of Southboro, 
Mass., rode over to the Inn this morning on their bi- 
cycles. Their leader was Mr. E. Sohier Welch, Jr. She 
rode a bicycle too. After a visit through xhe Inn, lArs. 
Welch planned to take the group to the barn on her estate 
for a picnic lunch. 

A neighborhood group of five little girls came here 
for luncheon today and we were informed by their leader 
that the girls spend every Satiiraay at some interesting 
place. Lately they have been enjoying the Children's 
Museum in Boston. Sometimes they go to other historic 


Sunday, November 30, 1941 


Vie entertainea another football team today. These 
were New Britain, Connecticut High School players - tall 
husicy boys. About 35 in the party. 

Overnight guests last night were Mr. and Mrs. John 
H. Hodges of Newport, Rhode Island celebrating their 
25th wedding anniversary. In the evening they sat in the 
Bar-room. While Mrs. Hodges wrote post cards to friends, 
Mr. Hodges looked at her and remarked: "Twenty- five years 
ago and it seems but yesterday." 

Monday, December 1, 194-1 


A picture of our 
recent bride and 
<; groom - Mr. and Mrs. 
Stuart Hoppin - taken 
as the couple came dov/n 

• the aisle of the Martha- 

* Mary Chapel November <^0, 
1941 • The picture was 
snapped by Mr. William 

f Young of the Boys School. 


WAYSIDE INN DIARY (continued) 

Tuesday, December 2, 1941 Pleasant 

Wardens and Matrons from State institutions were 
luncheon guests this noon. There were 12 in the party. 

Tonight a group oi 14 iaiunanuel College Alumnae had 
dinner in the small dining room. 

Wednesday, December 3, 1941 Pleasant 

Letters are coming almost every day asking for Mary 
Lamb books to be used as Christmas gifts. Most of the 
requests are from people who visited the Inn last Summer. 
For instance, v.'e have this letter from I^lrs. B. P. Mullen 
of the C^cago Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion, in which she says: 

"Please send me four or five copies of the book - 
The Story of Mary's Little Lamb. I bought six copies 
last Sionimer while there. Shall always remember my trip 
to the Inn v/ith pleasantest memories." 

Another letter from Liiss Eileen Roberts, New York 
City, reads as follows: 

" I bought sojae (Mary Lamb books) when I was there 

in the Summer and sent some to England. Received a letter 

today. They were so delighted with the books arid took 

them to school so the other children and teachers could 
read them." 

Thursday, December 4,, 1941 Cloudy 

The hostesses are preparing favors for Christmas 
dinner guests. Miss fisher has designed them and is 
directing the cutting and painting. They are cut-outs 
of the Inn itself in stiff red paper. V/indows and doorway 
are painted white to give the effect of snow. Painted 
icicles hang from the eaves. In the back is a holder for 
small candies which we plan to have in the shape of white 
snow-balls . 

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WAYSIDE INN DIARY (continued) 

Thursday, December 4, 1941 (continued) 

Little red geraniums have been placed in each window 
of the Inn. The red blossoms look very qiiaint between the 
white dimity curtains and add a home-like touch to the rooms. 

Friday, December 5, 1941 Rain 

if'or several days we have had a heavy mist both morning 
and evening; fog and dampness. Tonight the mist became 
heavier and rain fell diiring the early evening. This did not 
prevent eleven girls from the offices of the Massachusetts 
Protective Association in Worcester from motoring to the Inn 
for dinner. After dinner the group watched the dancing class, 

Saturday, December 6, 19^1 Pleasant 

Mrs. Raymond W. Roberts of Newport, K. H. entertained 
friends at a fifth wedding anniversary party this evening. 
The party was small, only four people, but every detail was 
carefully planned. A catie was provided, appropriately 
marked for the occasion. Mrs. Roberts sent place cards and 
favors to be put on the anniversary table. The evening was 
spent in enjoyable talk around the Parlor fireplace. 


Sunda/, Deceaber 7, 1941 Pleasant 

Pleasant weather continues and we have no snow as yet. Con- 
sequently Sunday, today, was a busy day with guests coining from near 
and far to see the Wayside Inn or to partake of dinner here. This 
afternoon a delightful group of Wellesley College girls were conducted 
through the house. Every girl ?/as intensely interested. One spoice up 
when leaving and said: "I feel as if I'd been at a play on the stage." 

A mother today said of her small son who was visiting the Inn for 
the first time "This boy gets credit in school if he sees the Wayside Inn." 

Another remaric today, which was overheard as two women guests were 
leaving, was as follows; "Tea here is lilce tea in little old Inns in 

Monday, December 3, 1941 Pleasant 

n^veryone in the house was stirred today when ne?/s came that War had 
been declared between the United States and Japan. For several minutes at 
noon time, the radio was broioght into the Bar-room and the Inn family and 
guests gathered around it to hear the President of the United States pro- 
claim the existence of War. The playing of the Star Spangled Banner 
folloived. Everyone present rose to his feet. It v/as a solemn moment; 
History repeating itself in this very Bar-room. It was on the 19th of April 
in 1775 when Colonel Esekiel Howe, landlord of the Inn, left the Bar-room 
with musiet in hand to defend our liberty at Concord. The ivomen folic 
peered out the windows; they waved goodbye. Anxious moments - those - 
with no radio to inform them of the enemy's activities. They knew not 
that was happening 12 miles away. And in lo6l, at the time of the Civil 
War, certainly there was talk of the conflict aiioiig the men and v/oraen who 
gathered under the sturdy beams in the old Bar-room. The call of War was 
heard again in 1917. Today it was our fervent hope that this would be the 
last summons to War for ovocs and every other nation. We prayed that this 
be the War to end War. 

Tuesday, Deceiaber 9, 1941 Pleasant 

Professor Schell came last evening with a group of his students to 
have dinner here and to sit in the old kitchen for a few hours discussion. 
This was not Professor Schell 's regular group which meets once a month at 
the Inn. The usual Waysiders group will be here on the 16th of December. 
Tonight the men were in their late teens or early twenties - doing special 
graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


Wednesday, Deceaber 10, 1941 Pleasant 

A convention of school superintendents and people associated 
with vocational school-work, is being held in Boston this weeK. Several 
woricers in this field have visited the Inn and found here much to interest 
theiflj especially in our own Wayside Inn Schools. We had a fine chat with 
Mr. Hov/ard A. Champion, Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Los Angeles. 
He was pleased to see the Herald magazines and took several copies back to 

Thursday, December 11, 1941 Pleasant 

A group of 21 men and women, members of the Herb Society of America 
met here this morning and discussed the growing and use of sage. Sage is 
used in the majting of sausages and for flavoring in other foods. These 
men and women were what we might call "gentlemen farmers" ana v/ere dis- 
cussing their subject in a scientific way. The group adjourned from the 
small ball room at noon time to have xuncheon served in the small dining 

Friday, December 12, 1941 Cloudy 

A recent guest was the Lieutenant Governor of Montana, iirnest T. 
Easton, who registered from Polytechnic, Montana. 

Two smartly dressed women came to see the house this afternoon. 
They were modern, society miktrons. The hostess told of the sale in 1361 
when all of the original furnishings of the Inn were sold at auction. 
"i'Jy what an auction I I wish I had been there I" remarked one of the women < 

Saturday, December 13, 1941 Rain 

The War is talked about every day. This week Germany and Italy 
have declared War on the United States. The great tragedy at Pearl 
Harbor last Sunday is discussed by practically all of the guests. Day 
before yesterday we entertained two British seaiaen from H. M. S. Ramsay - 
a Destroyer - now in Boston Harbor. They were fine boys - one of them had 
left a family in England. Both enjoyed the Inn and when leaving said that 
the afternoon had been a very pleasant one; that they hoped to come back 
again before leaving Boston. At this point something was said about Great 
Britain and the United States being allied. "We are all united now" re- 
marked the hostess. "Yes," said the younger of the two as he twirled his 
Navy blue hat - "That's just what we think." 

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Saturday, December 13, 19^ (continued) 

Some daj'- soon we are going to write about the War and the Inn; 
the part the Inn is playing; what purpose it is serving in these 
troubled times. Now, more than ever, must it standi One of oior guests 
Bilrs. Katwinckle, wife of a busy Boston doctor, expressed what we want 
to say in a very few words. Going out the door after having had tea 
with her husband, near a fireplace in the old dining room, she said: 

♦'The Inn is like an oasis of Peace." 


bunday, December 14, 194J- Pleasant 

We were brought up in the old fashioned v/ay ana day when 
to do any real laborious viork on Sunday was considered improper. 
But today we broke dowi that tradition b^ spending part of the 
day in working on the Chistiiia.s favors. The;^ are pretty to look 
at. bveryone likes them, but there is quite a lot oi work to 
do on every single one. We have many to make, time is short. 
Consequently v/e had to bring out paints and paper on this Sunday 
afternoon. The hostesses took tiirns working on the favors. 

Monday, Ueceaiber 1^, 194.1 Partly cloudy 

A very lovely pre-Christmas party was held in the large 
dining-room this evening near the firepxace at the end of the room. 
The table was placed in a U shape and in the center space be- 
t¥/een the two "wings" was a tiny Christmas tree of modernistic 
design, bought in New York. At one side of the fireplace was 
another tree of the traditional type, underneath which was a 
present for every guest. The guests comprised faculty of the 
State Teachers Colleg,e in Vvorcester, Mass., numbering 23. Christ- 
mas carols were sung ana stories tola around the open fire. 

Another nice party this evening was held in the old kitchen. 
Ten members of the Riley family from Lowell, Mass. - all adults - 
motorea here for a kind of family reionion. They stayed long after 
dinner and discussed the War. Both men and women told of defense 
worK they are doing. 

Tuesday, December 16, 19^ Pleasant 

Professor Schell's regiilar group of professional men - 
professors, doctors, lawyers, caj;ie for their December dinner - 
meeting this evening. Professor Scheil himself, the genial host, 
was late in getting here. He haa a previous engagement but joined 
the party after ainner for their meeting in the Ola Kitchen. 

Wednesday, December 17, 1941 Pleasant 

Christmas for the nay side Inn begins with the arrival of Miss 
Joan Dieffenbach. She is coming tomorrow. She and her sister 
Ann have spent every CMstmas with us for the past foiir ^ears. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 19aJ- (continued) 

This is their lifth year. They are triiiy members of our Viayside 
Inn family. The JJiefl'enbachs come from Norv.'ood, New Jersey. Their i^ 
parents are gone, a favorite brother died several years ago. They 
live in the old home, work during the week. Miss Joan, who arrives 
tomorrow, is Tax Collector for the town of Norwood, wliile Miss Ann 
who is coming ne:xt T'uesday is an employee of the iSocony-Vacuiom Oil 
Co. in New York City. They are two fine women and make themselves 
very much at home here. This year we are plarjiing to give them a 
fifth anniversary peirty with a cake and a few wooden gifts. 

Thiorsday, December 16, 19^-1 Pleasant 

iiichoes of the iVar filled the Irji tonight as two Yi^ar parties 
were held here. One of them was a party of six - three officers 
and their wives from the k'iatertown Arsenal. The guest of honor 
was Colonel Mather - today promoted to the rank of General. Mrs. 
Mather decorated the center of the dinner table with Christmas 
greens and red, white and blue ribbons made to look like flying 
eagles. Cakes frosted in red, wliite and blue colors, were served. 

A party of four lingered long after dinner. We learned that 
a mother was entertaining for her son who is to join the ranks 
of enlisted men tomorrow morning. 

Friday, December 19, 1941 Pleasant 

The large Ball room was filled this evening with friends 
and members of the Inn family. Tiny tots and grown ups sat 
facing a large, bright red chimney in anticipation of the arrival 
of Santa Claus. A few minutes which seemed like ho\irs to one 
smallest guest, were spent in the singing of Christmas carols 
by boys in the Wayside School. Then came the jingling of sleigh 
bells and the sovind of reindeer hoofs prancing on the roof. In 
half a jiffy, down came the red, be- whiskered form of Santa - jolly 
and smiling and waving his hand to old friends as he recognized 
them in the audience. "This is one place," Santa said, "I never 
fail to make a stop." Then he and some helpers began distributing 
gifts to ail the children, ii'amiliiir names were heard of boys and 
girls in our Kedstone and Southwest schools and of the sons and 
daughters, nieces and nephews of employees, everyone had a red or 
green stocking filled yrith candy. Ice cream and cake vrere passed 
around after which the tiniest tots were carried home by adoring 
parents to be put to bed and to dream about Santa Claus ana his 
annual visit to the Wayside Inn. 

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Saturday, December 20, i94i- Pleasant 

iapeaicing of iianta Claus and his annual visit, he is again 
this year seen in his sleigh on the rool oi" the Inii. J?'our tiny 
reindeer are prancing across a white bianicet of snow drawing 
Santa towards one of the brick chimneys. And in the red sleigh 
also, is a bulging, v/hite pack, presumably filled with toys. 
Jnaerneath are the words - r<lt,fLKY CliKlbTmAS - written with cleaii, 
white pieces of birch across a background of native greenery. 
In each window of the Inn, as usuaj., there is a green wreath tied 
with red ribbon. Many people stop in front of the Inn, at night 
time especially, just to view this Christmassy scene. A light 
is thrown on Santa and a candle (electric) biirns in every single 
window. It is a scene which brings Christmas into the hearts 
of all who gaze upon it. 


Sundaj, December 21, 19aJ- Pleasant 

"Keep the home fires burning" - we sang heartily diiring 
the last War. We are sin^iinj it deep in our hearts today, 
fijverytime Vi?e put a log on the Inn fireplaces, we sing it. We 
are thinking of husbands, brothers and sons now in the Uniform 
of the U. S. Army or Navy. We see them here. On Sundays they 
come with friends; lonesome boys in a strange part of their ovm 
country. Today we entertained a charming couple from Virginia; 
he in the blue garb of the Navy. They stayed for dinner, 
v/alked to the Mill and schoolhouse, warmed themselves before 
the open fire. "You can expect to see us again during our stay 
in New England", they said. Thus the Inn carries on. The 
home fires are kept burning and gathered around them are brave 
boys miles away from families, wives and sv^eethearts. 

Monday, December 22, 19-^- Pleasant 

The Cliristmas Pageant is now a Wayside Inn tradition and 
v/as held this evening in the usual location - near the General 
Store. It was not a cold night; the ground was not covered with 
snow - but the dimly lighted Llaiiger and the little Inn of Bethle- 
hem stood calm and still under a stariy sky - giving to all who 
approached a feeling of awe and reverence. People came from 
north and south, east and west to witness this portrayal of the 
Nativity. Here, out-of-doors the scene is real, there is nothing 
artificial or theatrical about it. The setting is natural. The 
sky is a huge roof and the ground, a floor. Nestled in the lov/ly 
manger is the Christ Child tended by Mary - a quiet, bent figure - 
From afar come the ^hepherd^- and from the opposite direction the 
three kings in robes of gorgeous colors. They make their way 
towards the birth place. And echoing through the night air is a 
chorus of boys voices singing the iimnortal words, "We three kings" 
and "It came upon the midnight". But this year only two lines of 
all the carols remain - to be sung over and over again. 

"The Hopes and Eears of all the years 
Are met in Thee tonight" 

Tuesday, December .c^, 1-:;*^ Cloudy 

This is their 3th wedding anniversary. ?vlr. and lors. Stephen 
Williams spent their hone^Tiioon here eight years ago today. This 

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Tuesda^^, December «i3, 1^41 (continued) 

noon they caue bacis: to celebrate and luncJied in the Old Dinint;- 
room. On the table were gifts - simple and appropriate. "And 
every year I ^xite to my mother from here. She looJiS forward 
to my letter", said Mr. Williams as he asiied for a sheet of 
Wayside Inn stationery. 

Miss Ann Dieffenbach joined her sister here today. 

Wednesday, Decejaber 24, 1941 Rain 

"Peucc on iiiarth and Goodwill towards Men". We heurd 
the words on our very doorstep this evening. Jf'rom the roof of the 
Inn, Santa Glaus looked down upon the singers and smiled a jolly 
welcome. In each window, a candle lighted the way; a reminder of the ■ 
Chirst child. Christcias traditons beloved l^y all Americans and 
displayed to their full beauty at the Inn on this Christmas eve. 

The carol singers ctjue from our little town of Sudbury - 
and they stopped to sing "Peace on iiarth and Goodwill towaras 
Men" in the doorway of every little farmhouse. We have heard the 
words year after year at Christmas. This year they have more 
significance. We must make them our very own. Their spirit must 
actually live in our hearts; the order reversed. First - good will 
towards men, then Peace on earth. Vi'e must put the thought into 
practice, begin right now whoever we are, wherever v/e may be - 
Goodwill towards Men. 

What better place to proclaim good will towards men than 
in this dear old Innl A truly great opportunity for such a purpose. 
Weary travellers for over two hundred years have looked upon the 
Inn as a symbol of Peace. Within its v/alls they have found good will 
towards men. if'or every man, woman and child who enters - be he 
rich or poor, this great Christmas tradition must be carried on - 'till 
at last there shall be good will among nations and an everlasting 
Peace on Earth. 

Thursday, December 25, 1941 ^ Pleasant 


The shadow of War hxing over the Christmas festivities in 
spite of ovx efforts to keep the home fires biurning and oiir usual 
decorations of Christmas greens. The first shadow v/hich fell, came 
from a little party of three- Mrs. Silver and her daughter and son. 
Mr. Lilver died during the last year, llie son, a handsome, tall boy, 
is in the Aviation service, while the daughter is a War nurse. Mrs. 
Silver was calm and brave as she told us that they wanted to have 

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Thursday, Dec 25 - continued 

Christinas dinner here. "You know, my children have been 
coming here since they were knee high", she said. Next we encoiuitered 
a group of six young men, all in the U. S. Ordinance Dept. They wandered 
through the house, stayed a long time and told us that they 7.'ere missing 
friends and families on this Christmas day. So we knew that many of our 
guests felt the great sadness vrhich is brought on in time of V/ar. Mai^ were 
cheerful and sailing, of course, but underneath we were conscious of 
heavy hearts. 


1lutt$Wbto'$ iltjtgdiin^ 3ttit 






Fresh Fruit Cup 



Roast Native Turkey - Giblet Gravy 
Cranberry Sauce Dressing 

Mashed Potato 

Buttered Onions 

Com Bread 

Dinner Salad 



Mince Pie - Cheese Pumpkin Pie - Cheese 

Vanilla Ice Cream with Cake 
Baked Indian Pudding with Ice Cream or flipped Cream 

Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce 



■ ea 


JjTiday, Dec 26, 1941 Pleasant 

Christmas guests, entertained \}y people in and around 
Boston, visited the Inn today. We remember one particular group 
a -father and mother visiting their daughter and son-in-law. They 
enjoyed their trip through the house and one member of the ^rty 
expressed his appreciation this way; 

"Thank you for bringing the past into the present". 

Saturday, Dec 27, 19^1 Pleasant 

lie surprised the Dieffenbach sisters this evening with 
a little anniversary party. This being their 5th year here at 
Christmas time we arranged a cake with 5 candles and written 
thereon vrere the worda "Ha^.py 5th Anniversary". Their table at 
dinner time was decorated with a small pile of t,ifts - all made of 
wood. The.e were clothes pins and pencils, a coat hangar and 
darning ball. After opening the ^ifts, coffee and the cake were 
served in the Bar-room where Mr. and iirs. Bowker joined the two 
Dieffenbachs and hostesses in a long evening of talk around the 
fireplace • 


tjundct^ , December 1.3, 1941 Pleasant 

It alwai'S gives us a ^rei^t deal of pleasure to entertain blind 
people; people wJio cannot see, but who are alert in their hearing. 
We find them particularly' responsive to the Inn. They enjoy touch- 
ing the old objects and they thrill to hear about theiu. JJost of 
the blind v,'ho coxae to the Inn are students at the Peri^ins Institution 
in Ratertown. They come from all over the World to Perkins, which is 
noted for fine woric in the eaucation of blind people, 'i'oaay we were 
pleased to see one of the teachers from Perkins who brought \7ith her 
tv/o blind students. One of them haa just arrived from Mexico. She 
was brought to Massachusetts by the Director of the School for the 
Blind in Mexico City. The Director was also present today. Her 
name is Miss £u^enia Coates - a tiiin, dark woman with large see-ing 
eyes, ^nd by the way, the Perkins Institution was founded b^ Samuel 
Gridly Howe - husband of Julia Ward Howe, relatives oi our Vtaysiae 
Inn Eowes. 

Monaay, December *;9> 1941 Light snow 

Today we '.vere visited by a dear ola man from framingham, Mass., 
a rJr. Elbridge C. Barber. He tola us that in the year 1375 he attended 
the centerjiary celebration of the Concord fight. It was hela in Con- 
cord. The WansfieJ-d-Lowell raiiroaa proviaed extra coaches and finally 
a few freijjht cars were ^.ressed into service. Mr. Barber, then a boy, 
hoppea a freight car and rode alon^^ with the crowd. A huge tent had 
been set up to accommodate dinner patrons. During the course of events 
a high wind came aloiij,, blew th.3 tent down. Mr. Barber chuckled over 
thisj had a good time reminiscing. It seems he is the man who sold 
his farm in Framinghcim to Mr. James hoosevelt, the President's son. 

Itiesuay, Deceuiber 30, 1941 Pleasant 

"I titled it, 'The House that is no more'" - thus s^oke Diana 
Harding - a beautiful child. She came here last evening ana reciteu a ^oem. 
Someday we will hear more from Diana ana say "I knew her when - ". 
Seldom have we seen such an attractive child of ten years; modest, 
natural, charming. She j.dayea a few notes on the Spinet in the Parlor. 
Later she joined whole hearteoiy in singing Christmas caroxs. Someone 
suggested that Diana recite a ^oem; she writes ^oetr^ and has won 
several ^riaes. Vsitaout aiiy hesitcition, yet modestly, Diana began; 
" I titiea this 'The House that is no more' because it is about a 
house thai, stooa on a hill ana was blown dov;ii in the (1933) Hurricane." 

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